After several years of shortages, Alaska pollock producers feel they are catching up on value-added production, and finding eager markets for their products amid the global disruptions caused by sanctions against rival producer Russia.

Larger fish sizes, full work crews and no major COVID shutdowns are the main drivers for additional deepskin fillet and pinbone-out (PBO) fillet block production, key formats for major fast food chains such as McDonald's and frozen seafood product producers, an executive with a Dutch Harbor, Alaska-based processor told IntraFish.