US pollock fillet production held strong in 2022 despite lower supply

Ron Rogness speaking at the National Fisheries Institute Global Seafood Market Conference

A lower Alaska pollock quota in 2022 didn’t dent the production of deep-skinned pollock fillets and pinbone-out (PBO) fillets. 

According to data shared during the National Fisheries Institute's Global Seafood Market Conference – held from 15 to 19 January in La Quinta, California, U.S.A. – producers actually increased the amount of deep-skinned and PBO fillets produced in 2022. That production was in spite of a relatively low catch of the species – fishermen caught only 1.255 million metric tons (MT) of pollock in 2022, significantly lower than the 1.479 million MT caught in 2021. 

The quota, Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers Director of Industry Relations, Partnerships, and Fishery Analysis Ron Rogness said, was down by roughly 19 percent, and that lack of supply was shifted to surimi production  …

Photo by Chris Chase/SeafoodSource

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