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Russian fishery scientists have worked out recommendations for the nation’s TACs in 2020 at 3 million metric tons.

During its recent visit to Vladivostok-led Primorye Delim investment company based in South Korea showed interest in a number of big projects currently implemented in the region.

Producer of onboard equipment BJØRDAL and naval architects Skipskompetanse, both based in Norway, have recently opened subsidiaries in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in order to get ready for new orders from local companies willing to participate in the national program on investment quotas. The government program stipulates allocation of extra capture quotas in return for obligation to build new fishing vessels and processing plants inside Russia.

As per March 13, 2019 the Russian fishermen harvested 117,000 metric tons of aquatic biological resources in the convention areas, foreign EEZs and international waters of the World Ocean, nearly 50% up on the respective result of last year.

Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development has produced a negative opinion on the draft law on auctioning 50% quotas for crab capture due to irregularities, potential budget losses and risks for the industry.

As per 6 March 2019 Russia’s total catches amounted to 843,300 metric tons, 4.8% down on the similar result of last year due to unfavourable weather conditions in the beginning of the season, reports www.megafishnet.com (welcome to our new marketplace www.impexglobal.ru).

Construction of two fish processing plants has taken off in Kondopoga, Karelia. In the future these two factories will become a substructure for a single fish centre of Russia’s Northwest, reports www.megafishnet.com (welcome to our new marketplace www.impexglobal.ru).

Mag-Sea International Co., LTD from Magadan, Russia, is planning to build a shipyard in Vladivostok-led Primorye in cooperation with the Chinese biggest shipbuilding company DSIC from Dalian, reports www.megafishnet.com.

Despite resistance from some established industry players Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture has worked out and submitted to the Government a draft law on allocating 50% of quota shares for crab capture for the period of 10 years at auctions, the quotas to be linked to investments into construction of new objects in Russia, according to the ministry.

On 1 March 2019 Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries will open the fourth stage of application campaign for those fishing companies who are willing to get extra capture quotas in return for obligation to invest into building of new fishing vessels or processing facilities inside Russia, according to FAF.

The Government of Russia is now mulling mandatory sale of crab and APO roe at auctions meaning that harvesters will be not allowed to export their products without bringing at least a part of the catch to auction, according to the nation’s fishery head Ilya Shestakov quoted by RG.

Russia’s harvest of aquatic bioresources in 2018 turned out to be a record high for the last 26 years totaled 5.03 million metric tons to display an increase of 5.1% higher on 2017 and is a record for, according to the nation’s Federal Agency for Fisheries.

Northern Shipyard (Severnaya Verf) from Saint Petersburg and one of the nation’s largest fishing companies NOREBO have agreed to build four more factory trawlers under the project No.1707001. Thus, the series of trawlers to be built for NOREBO has gone up to 10 vessels.

FISHNET team has produced and published a user-friendly guide of Russian companies’ shares and quotas for fishery in 2019.

Among other things, Russia’s target of $8 billion seafood exports by 2024 can be reached through greater exportation of non-TAC regulated species, marine culture and greater sales of value-added products to Chinese market, CEO of Dobroflot Group Alexander Yefremov told Fishnews.

On December 28, 2018, the Russian government approved the concept of creating and operating a system of marking and traceability of goods. The document is aimed at eliminating the illegal circulation of industrial goods, according to Russia's Federal Agency for Fisheries.

In the closing week of 2018 Magadan fishermen finally got their quotas 2019 for commercial fishery of blue king crab, red king crab, golden king crab and opilio crab in the Sea of Okhotsk, according to Kolyma.

Abrau-Durso Russian Wine House and Crimean Seafood oyster farm, both based in Crimea, have joined forces to set up a chain of restaurants in Russia to offer Black Sea oysters and wine. The chain’s first restaurant called “Dozen: oysters and wine” was launched in Moscow on the New Year eve, according to RBC.

Russian fishery industry still has quite a number of excessive barriers preventing the sector from more efficient operation, according to a dedicated study conducted by the national research university Higher School of Economics and VARPE Association of Fishery Industrials and Exporters.

Happy New Year from FISHNET / December 29, 2018 12:01

Russia on holiday until 9 January 2019.

As per mid-December 2018, the Russian fleets continued active fisheries with a 6% rise on last year. By the end of the year Russia’s total harvest is forecasted to exceed 5 million metric tons (namely 5.05 million tonnes). It will be a record volume since 1992 when the Russian fishermen harvested 5.6 million tonnes of aquatic resources, according to Head of the nation’s Federal Agency for Fisheries Ilya Shestakov briefing fishery journalists on the New Year’s eve.

As per mid-December the government commission for development of the fishery complex chaired by Vice-PM Alexey Gordeev has reviewed the draft law stipulating amendments to the Tax Code as regards fees for capture of aquatic biological resources, according to the Federal Agency for Fisheries.

Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture has turned down a request from the Fish Union (non-profit organization of mostly processors and importers) to lift import ban on pelagic fish (Atlantic herring, mackerel, capelin and capelin roe, Baltic sprat) originating from the countries which imposed sanctions on Russia, according to the Ministry’s press-service as quoted by RIA Novosti.

As of January 2019 the Russian fishermen will be operating in a single fishing space and under a single commercial capture quota as opposed to the previous division to inshore and offshore fishing zones as well as separate offshore and inshore quota entitlements, according to Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries (FAF).

Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries (FAF) sees no prerequisites for dropping the plans of allocating half of crab quota shares at electronic auctions, according to media reports as per mid-December.

The Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor held a meeting with First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Argentine Republic Horacio Reyser on the G20 sidelines in Buenos Aires (Argentina). Horacio Reyser co-chairs the Russian-Argentinean Intergovernmental Commission which from the Russian side is headed by Sergey Dankvert. Minister of Agriculture of the Argentine Republic Luis Miguel Etchevehere and President of the National Service of Agri-Food Health and Quality (SENASA) of the Argentine Republic Ricardo Luis Negri also took part in the meeting, according to Rosselkhoznadzor.

In November 2018 a number of fish processing and fishing companies based in Vladivostok-led Primorskiy Krai (Primorye for short) exhibited their products at the largest Asian international show China Fisheries & Seafood Expo, all of them now working at export contracts with new foreign partners, according to Primorye Government.

In the recent couple of years Russia has seen a dramatic boost of catches of shrimp Pandalus borealis in the waters off Spitsbergen in the Barents Sea.

Under the 2016 amendments of the Law on Fishery, as per mid-November Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries (FAF) has already renewed some four thousand capture quota allocation contracts for a new term of 15 years as of 2019 inclusive, according to FAF and media reports.

Scientists of the School of Biomedicine of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) have developed an effective method of obtaining an antiseptic from fish oils. This new patented remedy can be used for treatment of skin and mucosae diseases caused by bacteria, microscopic fungi and protozoa. In their studies the scientists have used fish oil from such commercial Pacific fish as Japanese pilchard, saury, herring, Alaska pollock and others, according to the FEFU.

 
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