Alaska pollock landings lag in week 12

More than 26,700 tons were landed in the week.

Landings dropped again in week 12 of the Alaska pollock 'A' season and were 21 percent less than what they harvested in week 11.

Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) fishermen landed 26,705 metric tons of Alaska pollock in the week ended April 8, bringing the cumulative total to 564,880 metric tons, 42 percent of the 1.345 million-metric-ton quota.

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Most came from the AFA inshore fleet, which landed 13,322 metric tons last week. AFA catcher-processor production is usually not far behind, but in week 12 this fleet caught only 9,012 metric tons.

Gulf of Alaska fishermen hauled in 1,508 metric tons that same week to bring their cumulative total to 79,422 metric tons for the season, which started Jan. 20.

This is 41.5 percent of the total Alaska pollock quota of 191,183 metric tons for the Shumagin, Chirikof and Kodiak areas.

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