The top official at Russia's lead fisheries agency say the country is considering taking a larger share of Bering Sea fish stocks, a move that could jeopardize a cooperative management system that has been in place for decades.

In a meeting last week with a top government official in Russia's Far East district, Russian Federal Fisheries Agency (Rosrybolovstvo) Director Ilya Shestakov suggested Russia should increase its share of fish harvested in the Bering Sea -- which is primarily pollock -- to 50 percent, a dramatic jump from the current volume caught.