US harvesters could have more Alaska pollock to catch in the Bering Sea next year based on newly released data.

A report presented Nov. 10 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council planning team recommended an acceptable biological catch (ABC) of Bering Sea pollock of 1.688 million metric tons, a nearly 52 percent increase from the 1.1-million-metric-ton ABC recommended for the 2022 harvest.

The ABC is the maximum amount of fish stock that can be harvested without impacting the biomass.