Russian scientists recommend early start to pollock 'B' season

Overall harvest in the Bering Sea is expected to hit 482,000 tons.

Russian scientists at the country’s Pacific Fisheries Research Center (TINRO) recommended starting the pollock 'B' season earlier than usual this June.

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“We are expecting an earlier pollock run to Russian waters from the eastern part of the Bering Sea, resulting in earlier reverse migration," TINRO said.

According to the scientists, the overall pollock harvest might amount to 482,000 metric tons in the Bering Sea.

The West Kamchatka subzone will most likely be the major fishing area in the pollock 'B' season, where the catch is expected to surpass 100,000 metric tons -- in addition to 48,300 metric tons harvested in the 'A' season.

Russia closed the pollock 'A' season in April with the total catches of 939,830 metric tons, up 6.2 percent compared with last year, according to the country’s Pollock Catcher Association.

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Some 49.7 percent of the total allowable catch (TAC) for the 2017 pollock season has been used. Around 88.5 percent was taken out of the water in the Sea of Okhotsk, compared to 75.8 percent in 2016.

The country’s overall pollock TAC for 2017 is set at 1.89 million metric tons, including 1,070,700 metric tons in the Sea of Okhotsk.

According to Russia’s federal agency for fishery Rosrybolovstvo, last year the country’s total pollock harvest reached 1.74 million metric tons, or 92 percent of the total TAC for the species in that year.

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