A huge drive to invest in value-added pollock production in Russia has begun to bear fruit, but it is unclear where these products, originally designed to feed hungry western markets in Europe and North America, will find a home.

Russia’s frozen-at-sea (FAS) pollock fillets and mince production climbed 52 percent in 2021 compared with the year prior, to reach 123,000 metric tons, according to the Russian Pollock Catchers Association (PCA).

In addition, over 26,000 metric tons of value-added pollock products were produced at Far Eastern onshore processing plants, bringing the total volume of value-added pollock output to 150,000 metric tons.