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
January 17, 2020

The first three quarters of 2019 saw a surprising spike in production of black caviar in Russia, with some members of the industry concerned the increase could be the result of mislabeled imports.

Sturgeon and starred sturgeon fishing in the Volga River and the Caspian Sea has been forbidden since 2005, meaning any black caviar sold in Russia comes either from local aquafarms or from abroad.

Between January and September 2019, Russian

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Published on
January 13, 2020

The Russian Agency for Fisheries has officially launched “The Russian Fish,” a new public-private partnership focused on marketing Russia’s seafood products abroad.

First announced in 2018, the government-organized, non-commercial organization has already signed on its first members, which include state-owned enterprises, The Expo Solutions group, which organizes the annual Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo Russia in St.

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Published on
January 9, 2020

Members of the Russia-based Longline Fishery Association (LFA) have earned Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for their Pacific halibut and Pacific cod fisheries in three zones of the Bering Sea.

Six fisheries got certificates: Interrybflot, YAMSy, Polaris, Sigma Marine Technology, Tymlatsky rybokombinat, and Dalrybprom. The certification covers the Chukchi, West Bering Sea, and East Kamchatka fishery zones of the Bering Sea.

The

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Published on
January 6, 2020

Despite an economic downturn over the past five years that has resulted in a decrease in income for many of its citizens, Russia is becoming one of the most promising global markets in the world for vannamei shrimp.

Seeing an opportunity, investors are jumping into domestic vannamei aquaculture operations, with three large vannamei farms opening in recent years and more planned in the near future across all sectors of the market –

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Published on
December 30, 2019

Russian research institutes are planning 280 different expeditions to study seafood stocks, including trips to the Arctic and Antarctic.

The lion’s share of the expeditions – 110 in all – relate to the Far Eastern Fishery basin, where most of the Russia’s national catch comes from.

The Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VINRO) said it will conduct a bethic trawling survey to evaluate fish, shrimp,

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Published on
December 9, 2019

A powerful new player has emerged out of the results of controversial government-run auctions for crab quotas in Russia.

Gleb Frank is now being referred to as “The Crab King” by Russian media outlets after his company, Russian Fishery Company (RFC), won more than one-third of the quotas up for auction in October. The auctions, which collectively handed out 15-year fishing rights to around 50 percent of Russia’s total allowable

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Published on
October 30, 2019

Fishermen from North Korea have been illegally catching a wide range of species near the shores of the Russian Far East for more than three decades. But this year has seen much more activity, with record numbers of poachers arrested and illegal ships seized.

The sheer number of North Korean vessels fishing illegally is preventing Russian companies from fishing and may eventually cause an ecological disaster, according to the Primorye Fisheries

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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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