The Alaska pollock sector appears prepared for the upcoming "A" season, with most firms requiring vaccines and booster shots to protect crews from the omicron variant, according to major Alaska inshore and catcher-processor companies.

The Alaska pollock "B" season ended in October with companies fearing they would be unable to hire enough workers for 2022, with the seafood industry competing for people in a tight US labor market and workers potentially shunning vaccine requirements.

But, so far, workers have not been scared away by vaccine and booster shot requirements, an pollock industry executive told IntraFish.