As the Alaska pollock "B" season -- which started in early June -- comes to a close, producers remain concerned not only about the size of the fish being caught, but about the ability to hire enough workers in next year's "A" season.

Ongoing tight labor market conditions leave processors struggling despite the industry overall catching up on producing valuable product forms, several executives in the US industry told IntraFish.

An executive with pollock fishing vessels serving processors in industry epicenter Dutch Harbor noted there will be a "huge problem with labor" once A season begins in January.