While this year's "A" season fishing is shaping up to be better than last year's, Alaska pollock producers may find it challenging to fill a growing global inventory gap being created as more European countries and companies cut ties with Russia over that country's invasion of Ukraine.

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At 160,000 metric tons, Russia accounted for 19 percent of the 837,000 metric tons of pollock imported by the EU in 2020, according to the European Fish Processors and Traders Association (AIPCE), and is an important part of the supply, industry executives told IntraFish.