The Alaska pollock sector appears prepared for the upcoming "A" season, with more quota and the potential to fare well during an economic downturn as a value species, according to some industry experts.

But the economic headwinds also mean consumers continue to balk at higher prices post-COVID and put into question whether the US pollock prices will remain at highs of $5,000 (€5,055) per metric ton throughout 2023.

"We have done some contracts for blocks in our home market and, yes, pricing does seem to remain strong as demand continues to be very good," Rasmus Sorensen, executive vice president of global sales at pollock fishing giant American Seafoods, told IntraFish.