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Russian pollock ‘A’ season catch down from last year

Nearly 40% of the total quota for 2018 was used up during the first two months of the year.

Russia’s overall pollock harvest in the Sea of Okhotsk decreased 4.6 percent compared with the same period last year, reaching 404,100 metric tons, and making up 37.6 percent of the total allowable catch (TAC) for 2018, according to data through Feb. 23 released by the country’s fishery agency Rosrybolovstvo.

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Accrued pollock catches in the Kamchatka-Kurile subarea increased 13 percent and amounted to 278,900 metric tons with the quota taken at 103 percent.

The size of pollock varied from 30 cm to 57 cm, with individuals of 37.4 cm making up 93.4 percent of catches.

Bycatch of juveniles was at insignificant levels, while the average weight of fish ran from 518 to 700 grams.

The number of females reached 63 percent, with pollock roe making up to 7.5 percent.

Accrued pollock catches in the West Kamchatka subarea declined 36.1 percent from last year’s level to 65,500 metric tons. Around 18.8 percent of the quota was used up.

The size of pollock ran from 24 to 55 cm, with fish from 34 to 41 cm in size making up 75.8 percent of catches and average weight ranging from 287 to 331 grams.

The number of females in the catches amounted to 46 percent, while pollock roe made up 1.5 percent. Bycatches of juveniles reached 52 percent.

Catches in the North Okhotsk subarea dove 43.3 percent compared to this time last year and accounted for 42,000 metric tons, making up 12.1 percent of the quota.

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Fish of 40 to 48 cm in size created 60 percent share of catches.

The average weight ran from 350 to 464 grams. The number of females accounted for 54 percent of catches, with pollock roe ranging from 1.5 to 6 percent.

Russia’s overall pollock quota for 2018 was set at 1.78 million metric tons, down 6 percent from last year's level.

Pollock quota in the Sea of Okhotsk was set at slightly more than 1.07 million metric tons, while quotas for the West Bering Sea, East Kamchatka, North Kurile and South Kurile zones were set at 690,600 metric tons.

As of Feb.28, the country’s overall seafood harvest amounted to 776,500 metric tons, up 1.8 percent over this time last year, according to Rosrybolovstvo.

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