Russia to Open Commercial Pollock Fisheries in the Chukchi Sea

Russian fishery managers are poised to open the first-ever commercial harvest of pollock in the Chukchi Sea, north of the Bering Strait, according to the Arctic Today. The fishery would open this year, according to the plan.

Recent surveys have shown that pollock has moved north above the Arctic Circle and into the Chukchi Sea, most likely due to warmer seas due to global warming.

The recommended total allowable catch will be set at 68,000 tons out of an estimated biomass of 890,000 tons.