Ivan Stupachenko

Reporting from Saint Petersburg, Russia

Ivan Stupachenko is a Russian freelance business writer reporting from St. Petersburg for Russian and international publications on various topics. He has been a print and an online journalist for 18 years, he worked for the biggest and most influential business newspaper Kommersant. Ivan also works as an editor for St. Petersburg Travel Guide and writer for Business St. Petersburg, the city’s biggest business publication

Published on
October 11, 2019

Russia intends to make black caviar a more significant source of export revenue, but it is facing what it calls unfair competition from falsely labeled imports at home, which is both decreasing the income of local producers and creating a warped perception of the product among consumers, according to the Russian government.

Russia annually produces around 40 metric tons of black caviar derived from sturgeon. After the introduction of a fishing

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Published on
September 24, 2019

Russia’s government may consider dropping the restrictions imposed by federal law on fishing by non-Russian companies in the country’s waters. 

Russia’s Federal Fisheries Agency Head Ilya Shestakov’s – at a discussion panel he was chairing titled “The capitalization of the fishery industry” at the third Global Fishery Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia – suggested potentially changing federal

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Published on
September 10, 2019

The Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries and Russian Fishery Company (RFC) signed agreements on investments quotas allocated to the company for building new fishing vessels and an onshore plant. 

The documents were signed by Ilya Shestakov, head of the Fishery Agency, and Fedor Kirsanov, CEO of RFC, during the Eastern Economic Forum held in a city of Vladivostok. 

Investment quotas is an incentive mechanism introduced by Russian

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Published on
September 5, 2019

The Russian government has decided to take increased measures against illegal sales of salmon roe, which often involve fraudulent schemes. Authorities want more transparency throughout the product’s trade and financial flow, and more taxes paid to the state’s budget as a result. 

Passenger luggage a key target 

In 2018, Russian fisheries caught record volumes of salmon totaling 676,000 metric tons (MT). This

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Published on
September 3, 2019

A new aquaculture operation is planned for the Russian region of Vologda in 2020, and it will be the first recirculating aquaculture system (RAS)-based farm in the country.

Aquaproduct is planning the facility, which held a groundbreaking in the town of Gribkovo, roughly 500 kilometers from Moscow. According to the company, the facility has a projected annual capacity of 2,500 metric tons (MT) of Atlantic salmon; the company claims that the feed

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Published on
July 26, 2019

Russian vessels will resume fishing in the Guinea exclusive economic zone in 2020, following the signing of a new agreement between the two countries.

Following up on a fishery cooperation agreement signed last year between Russian and Guinea, Ilya Shestakov, head of Russia's Federal Agency for Fisheries, and Guinean Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Maritime Economy Frederique Loua signed the agreement after negotiations during the III

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Published on
July 19, 2019

Welcome to Part II of SeafoodSource’s series investigating the factors contributing to what has become one of the primary obstacles of development for Russia’s seafood sector at large: a lack of skilled labor.

The initial installment of this two-part series, “Workforce shortage stalemating progress for Russian fisheries,” focused on the histories that have informed – and hindered – Russia’s fisheries

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Published on
July 18, 2019

Fishermen are in short supply in Russia now, which may hold up the country’s efforts to beat new catch records as well as delay the effects of government-initiated incentive programs aimed at renewing fleets and beefing-up seafood processing facilities. 

In this series, SeafoodSource investigates the factors contributing to what has become one of the primary obstacles of development for Russia’s seafood sector at large: a

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Published on
June 19, 2019

A two-day conference of scientific experts from Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark, Norway, South Korea, China, Sweden, Japan, and the European Union in the Russian city of Arkhangelsk resulted in an agreement to conduct more research on Arctic fisheries.

The April meeting was the first after an agreement between the 10 countries was signed in October of last year. The legally binding accord prohibits all commercial fishing in the

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Published on
June 3, 2019

Nearly 7,000 kilometers separates Russia’s largest seafood-producing region, the Russian Far East, and its biggest consumer markets in the central part of the country.

Spurred by that distance and by inefficiencies in country’s transportation infrastructure, over the past five years, Russia’s government and industry have jointly pursued the adoption of electronic seafood marketplaces.

In 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin

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