Russia’s Pollock Catchers Association (PCA) is predicting a 20 percent increase in pollock production by the end of the year to reach 1.1 million metric tons.

The volume of headed and gutted (H&G) pollock produced increased 8 percent through October year-on-year, with whole round pollock output jumping 53 percent.

There was a threefold increase in pollock surimi output, accounting for around 40,000 metric tons.

At the other end of the scale, production of pollock fillets fell 19 percent year-on-year because of weak export markets associated with decreased consumer demand and overproduction.