Good news for Russian seafood buyers


Dmitry Fedotov

Published on
July 5, 2012

It’s time to sum up results of operation of Far Eastern fishing companies, and, fortunately, they do not disappoint. In May more than 90 thousand metric tons of seafood was caught in Kamchatka sea waters, with the most active fishing in the North-Kuril region.

According to the press service of Kamchatka Fishing Research And Scientific Organization, in the last month the total catch in the Western Bering Sea and the North Kuril zones and several subzones amounted to 91.339 thousand metric tons. For comparison, in May 2011 that figure was about 84.4 thousand metric tons.

Catches of five species comprised 82.8 percent (75.615 thousand metric tons:

-          Alaska Pollock (39.898 thousand metric tons)

-          Flounder (10.4 thousand metric tons)

-          Greenling (8.795 thousand metric tons)

-          Cod (7.371 thousand metric tons)

-          Grenadier (5.382 thousand metric tons)

Compared to the same period last year there is an increase in production of Pollock, flounder and grenadiers.

As for results of past five months, they are following: overall production volumes of Pollock nearly coincided with last year: 902.632 thousand metric tons (in 2012) against 902.872 (in 2011), while smaller catch in January-May were for herring (-26.543 thousand MT), flounder (-0.391 thousand metric tons) and Greenland halibut (-0.304 thousand metric tons).

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