January 29, 2018 - Today we are going to talk about Alaskan Pollock. Pollock Fishing began in the Prince William Sound last week, alongside a dramatic quota decrease for this season's fishery. The Guideline harvest levels for Prince William Sound Pollock has decreased annually since 2016, sometimes closing early when bycatch levels were met.
--- The recovery on a 1.3 lb Pollock in the round yields a skinless boneless fillet of about 2.9 oz. It's no surprise then that larger fillet sizes had a price premium of almost $1.00 per pound for the past year.
Larger Pollock was caught in the Bering Sea and the Gulf last year, so we did see some 4-6oz and even 6-8oz fillets come to market. 2-4oz Shatterpack pollock fillets are currently round $2.05 - $2.10 per pound on the West Coast, with 4-6oz fillets reaching $2.85 per pound. Based on low female ratios and an even lower quota for 2018, we anticipate a smaller harvest for 2018. Expect the price gap between 2-4oz and 4-6oz fillets to close a little bit if the Gulf and Bering Sea produce larger Pollock too.
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