Russia’s overall pollock harvest across all fishing areas in the Far East reached 1.18 million metric tons in the first half of this year, up 8.3 percent compared with the same period a year ago, according to the country’s Pollock Catchers Association (PCA).

Catches in the main pollock fishing area of the Sea of Okhotsk amounted to 794,000 metric tons, up one percent from last year’s level.

However, catches in the Northern Sea of Okhotsk sub-zone fell seven percent to 300,000 metric tons due to adverse weather and ice conditions.