Market conditions seem in reasonable shape too, according to Frank Kelty, resource specialist with the city of Unalaska.
Harvests are up to, Kelty
Russia is reducing harvests of pollock and cod off the Russian Far East in an effort to curb overfishing, Kelty
said, and that has tightened supply and lifted prices for surimi, a seafood product made from pollock.
In the Bering Sea, where the bulk of the pollock and cod are caught, the allowable harvest is up from last year because of healthy fish stocks. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council
has set the Bering Sea 2002 pollock harvest at 1.5 million metric tons, up from 1.4 million in 2000.About 135 large vessels are in this fishery, as well as smaller boats serving eight large shore plants.
Better times won't be felt everywhere, however.