Speaking of pollock, the Bering Sea pollock fishery opens at noon Sunday with a customarily enormous quota of more than 1.2 million metric tons.
The season is divided into two parts, the A season and the B season.
The A season runs from Jan. 20 to June 10 and is the most important for the industry. That's because pollock are fat with lucrative roe during the winter.
The B season runs from June 10 to Nov. 1.
Despite the vast quantity of fish to be harvested, the pollock fleet is relatively small.
A total of 132 vessels — 108 catcher boats, 21 factory trawlers and three motherships — hold federal permits under the American Fisheries Act.
Of course, some of these vessels are among the largest and most powerful in America, if not the world.