Russia's pollock harvesting companies showed their seriousness about moving toward value-added formats in the first season of the year with a 50 percent increase in pollock fillet production in its most important fishing area.

The Sea of Okhotsk pollock harvest, which at 788,700 metric tons accounted for 82 percent of the overall catch in Russia's Far East fishing basin, ended April 9.

Pollock fillet production accounted for 36 percent of the overall production, up from 24 percent in 2021 and 17 percent in 2020, according to Russia’s Pollock Catchers Association (PCA).