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Russia boosting own catches of pink shrimp Pandalus borealis / December 5, 2018 09:26

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.

According to provisional figures, from the beginning of the current year 2018 through to 18 November the nation’s fishermen harvested 12,484 metric tons, compared to 3,733 tonnes harvested in the same period of 2017. By the end of the year the Russian northern shrimp harvest is expected to reach ca.15,000 metric tons.

Optimistic expectations can be explained by absence of quota regulation and rising fishing efforts. However, 70% exhaustion of the shrimp TAC for three years running can turn the fishery into quota-regulated as of the year 2020.

In keeping with the above development, Russia’s imports of pink shrimp have been declining from 2013 against a rise of exports.

Table 1. Russian import of Pandalus borealis shrimp in 2013-2017

Year

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Net weight, metric tons

23,892

18,168

7,684

7,605

9,215

Note: The table was compiled by FISHNET analysts from customs data

Table 2. Russian import of Pandalus borealis shrimp in January-September 2017-2018

Species

Net weight in MT, Jan-Sep 2018

Net weight in MT, Jan-Sep 2017

Share in total import volume in %%

Dynamics

Shrimp PANDALUS BOREALIS

5,579.29

6,188.88

1.78%

-9.85%

Note: The table was compiled by FISHNET analysts from customs data

Table 3. Export of Pandalus borealis shrimp from Russia in January-September 2017-2018

Species

Net weight in MT, Jan-Sep 2018

Net weight in MT, Jan-Sep 2017

Share in total import volume in %%

Dynamics

Shrimp PANDALUS BOREALIS

7,105.05

6,222.37

0.57%

14.19%

Note: The table was compiled by FISHNET analysts from customs data

Shrimper

In the meantime, Russia’s shimper fleet keeps on growing. According to Atlantic Shipping broker’s website, in November current Karelia-based Virma Ltd purchased a shrimper in Greenland. When purchased the ship’s name was Acadienne Gale II. She has the following specifications.

Name

Acadienne Gale II

Type

Shrimp Trawler

Built

1985 Ørskov Christensen, Denmark

Main engine

6685 BHP Wärtsilä V12 (4915 kW)

Tonnage GT/NT

2481 GT / 768 NT

Dimensions

69.32 / 14.50 m

Hold

1,500 m3


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