Moscow's freshfrozen seafood market showing up and down price trends in late August 2009

August 28, 2009 09:32

Late August 2009 has been showing up and down price trends on Russia's frozen seafood market such as strengthening prices for capelin and large mackerel versus price decreases for salmon products, analysts of ( concluded after analyzing the current situation on the market.

More specifically, the prices have been decreasing for salmon caviar and roe, pink salmon and Norwegian salmon. The market participants have been anticipating brisker demand for table fish such as pollock, hake and other species in the middle of September 2009 when the foodservice sector (in particular, school/college canteens) will start working more actively.


As per 25 August 2009 the Russian fishermen harvested 2.341 million metric tons of finfish and other aquatic products. The figure was 256,000 tonnes or 12% up on the last year level. The take-up of the TAC in percents therefore amounted to 59%.

In late August the market players were focused mostly on the difficult situation with the salmon species in the Russian Far East. More specifically, in Vladivostok harbor a lot of vessels stood crowed with fish cargoes onboard as the fish was nowhere to unload against the background of actively falling prices not only for pink salmon but for other Pacific fish as well. According to the market participants, there was also a lack of railway reefer sections to carry fish to Central Russia and the tariffs for seafood shipments from the Russian Far East were increased greatly. The average charges for transportation of 1 kilo of fish from Vladivostok to Moscow amounted to RUR12.00, traders said.

Vet update

On the third week of August Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Rosselkhoznadzor announced that the importation of aquatic biological resources and products made from them from China to Russia under the earlier issued permits is extended to 1 November 2009.

Besides, as of 12 August 2009 the Russian vets have approved seafood importation from Mauritania and Morocco (until special directive) and as of 13 August 2009 such importation has been allowed from India and there is no need to update the respective permits.

Average frozen fish prices in Moscow as per 24 August 2009


SizeCountry of originPrice in RUB per kilo
Pink salmon head-on gutted1+Russia51.0062.00
Pink salmon w/r1+Russia49.0061.00
Chum salmon headedRussia
Chum salmon head-on gutted81.00
Baltic sprat10-1224.5026.50
Baltic herring18+31.0034.00
Blue whiting26.0030.00
Alaska pollock headed250+57.0060.00
Salmon roe saltedcubotainerRussia900.001200.00
Hake HGTUSA79.0087.00
Squid tubesRussia71.0073.00
Atlantic salmon 6-7Norway295.00
Atlantic salmon 7-8Norway305.00
Trout 1.8-2.7Chile260.00270.00
Trout 2.7-4.0Chile264.00295.00
Seller prices in RUB per kilo in Moscow as per 24 August 2009

Ultrafish, OOO

Russian Fish Company, ZAOGulfstream, ZAOMorskoy MeridianFiord, OOOSebastes, OOOIrna, OOO TPK
Pink salmon head-on gutted1+58.0056.0052.5062.0051.00
Pink salmon w/r1+57.00 61.0049.00
Chum salmon headed 
Chum salmon headed gutted 
Chum salmon head-on gutted83.50 81.00
Baltic sprat10-1226.50
Baltic herring18+ 
40-5526.90 31.00
Tilapia/fillets5-7108.90114.00 103.00
Blue whiting28.5030.0026.00
Pollock headed250+57.9061.0057.0059.00
Salmon roe saltedcubotainer1200.00950.00 
Hake HGT300-50079.0087.0079.50
Squid tubesRussia70.9072.0073.0071.00
Atlantic salmon 6-7Norway295.00 
Atlantic salmon 7-8Norway305.00 
Trout 0.9-1.8Chile250.00260.00
Trout 1.8-2.7Chile260.00265.00270.00
Trout 2.7-4.0Chile270.00264.00295.00
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