Russian sturgeon farmers increase production of fish and roe
In the first half of 2021, sturgeon farms in Russia considerably boosted production of fish and roe, reports Megafishnet.com.
According to the Federal Agency for Fishery (FAF), the farmers grew more than 3.3 thousand tons of various sturgeon species, boosting the output by 30.5% compared to the same period last year.
The Southern Federal District has come forward as the leader in the volume of sturgeon cultivation with 1.6 thousand tons of live fish (bester, sturgeon, sterlet and other species), which is 41% more compared to the first half of 2020.
In second place was the Central District with 665 tons displaying an increase of 18% year-on-year.
Sturgeon farms in the North-West are also in the top three. They have almost doubled the volume from 155 to 309 metric tons.
Production in the North Caucasus Federal District amounted to 295 tons followed by the Siberian District with 215 tons, the Urals with 144 tons, the Volga District with 108 tons and the Far East with 20 tons.
According to preliminary data of Rosstat, in January-June the production of sturgeon roe/caviar increased by 34% up to 24 tons.