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
April 22, 2019

Nearly surrounded by the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, the Crimean Peninsula has a rich seafood history. 

But in March 2014, when it was then a part of the Ukraine, it gained the world’s attention for a different reason, when the Russian military entered the peninsula, held a disputed referendum, and moved to annex the territory as a Russian federal subject.

SeafoodSource is taking a deeper dive into Crimea’s seafood industry

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Published on
April 22, 2019

Nearly surrounded by the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, the Crimean Peninsula has a rich seafood history. 

But in March 2014, when it was then a part of the Ukraine, it gained the world’s attention for a different reason, when the Russian military entered the peninsula, held a disputed referendum, and moved to annex the territory as a Russian federal subject.

SeafoodSource is taking a deeper dive into Crimea’s seafood industry

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Published on
March 14, 2019

Russian fisheries are getting prepared for expected reductions in total allowable catch (TAC) for pollock, the biggest species in the national harvest. 

Companies are seeking to keep their income stable by investing in processing facilities in an effort to produce more fillet. However, there are doubts that there will be sufficient demand for deeper-processed food. 

Generational shift brings new challenges 

In Russia, pollock is

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Published on
February 21, 2019

A fight between Russia’s crab fishing sector at the Russian government has escalated after two damaging reports aired on national television and the government initiated a public investigation into crab magnate Oleg Khan.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed reallocating 50 percent of Russia’s crab quota via an auction system. The proposal has generated an uproar in Russia’s seafood industry, with some industry

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Published on
February 12, 2019

In October 2018, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced new governmental targets for the country’s agriculture sector, which included a goal of achieving USD 8 billion (EUR 7 billion) in revenue from annual seafood exports by 2024.

The goal is a doubling of Russia’s current annual export figure – in 2018, the country exported USD 4 billion (EUR 3.5 billion) worth of seafood. And it won’t come from catching twice

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Published on
January 4, 2019

Russian authorities are trying to encourage the fishing industry and trade businesses to use better practices in production, retail, logistics and marketing to get more Russian fish sold on domestic market which has been experiencing a significant decrease over recent years. 

In the years following Russia’s 2014 imposition of a ban on imported food from the United States, Canada, the European Union, Norway, and Australia, Russia began

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Published on
December 3, 2018

With 2018 nearing its end, the Russian Agency for Fisheries has announced that this will be the second consecutive year Russian catch totals reach an all-time high. When all is said and done for 2018, Russian fishing companies are expected to have landed more than five million metric tons (MT) of fish, up from 4.9 million MT in 2017.

Yet even as Russian fishing companies catch more fish than ever, the country’s per capita consumption of

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Published on
October 22, 2018

Russia’s government has approved a draft of an agreement with Argentina on fisheries cooperation. 

The agreement will make seafood exports from Argentina to Russia significantly easier and boost trade volumes, according to an announcement from the government of Argentina. Russian fishing will obtain a right to fish in Argentinian waters, the agreement stipulates.

The last agreement between the countries was signed in 1987 and lasted

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Published on
October 17, 2018

A new survey on Russian seafood consumption has outlined the challenges facing suppliers of the domestic market.

The survey, conducted in late August by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM), the biggest opinion research center in the country, asked 1,600 respondents aged 18 or older about their seafood preferences and buying habits. VCIOM presented the results at the II Global Fishery Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia in September,

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Published on
October 5, 2018

Russia’s aquaculture industry is set to its increase annual production to at least 700,000 metric tons – three times more than 2017’s total – Vasily Sokolov, the deputy head of the Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries, said in his speech at the II Global Fishery Forum in St. Petersburg in mid-September.

Aquaculture is a relatively new industry for Russia, which started to develop quickly after the country banned

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