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
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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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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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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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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Published on
October 5, 2018

Police have conducted a raid of the offices of Russia’s Norebo Group, amidst a dispute in the company’s ownership.

A week ago, investigators of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, a law enforcement unit responsible for dealing with special affairs, together with anti-corruption departments of the Ministry of Interior Affairs, entered Norebo’s offices in Murmansk and seized documents, computers, and

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October 5, 2018

The International Year of Salmon (IYS) 2019 has officially started after the inaugurating ceremony held at the II Global Fishery Forum on 15 September in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

Initiated by the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) and by the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO), and supported by several other regional organizations, the aim of the IYS is to “raise awareness of what humans can do to

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Published on
October 2, 2018

A warming climate has opened up a new shipping passage that may allow Russian seafood companies to bypass a national rail transportation system overwhelmed by high cargo volumes and quarrels over pricing.

Systemic problems in Russia’s rail system and its ability to transport the country’s domestically-caught seafood over the vast distances between the Far East to the country’s metropolitan areas are leading Russians to explore

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Published on
October 1, 2018

Russian seafood chain Rybset (Fish Network) will be filming a series of educational videos to fill the gap in Russian consumers’ knowledge about fish, aquaculture, shrimp, and other products. 

Rybset Business Development Director Polina Kirova told SeafoodSource each of the 12 videos to be shot will be seven to eight minutes long. Each film will be devoted to a different kind of seafood, with subjects including wild whitefish, river

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Published on
September 20, 2018

Russia’s wild-catch fisheries are in line to set another record in 2018, with estimates pointing to a total of more than five million metric tons (MT) of catch. Much of this year’s success can be attributed to the country’s salmon season, which has surpassed even the most optimistic of expectations. 

Yet, in the first seven months of 2018, transportation of fish by rail fell by 7.1 percent compared to the corresponding

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September 12, 2018

The five nations bordering the Caspian Sea have signed onto an agreement clarifying each country’s respective national fishing zones.

Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Iran signed the Convention on The Legal Status of the Caspian Sea in August at the 5th Caspian Summit, thus bringing clarity to fishing rights in the waters containing up to 90 percent of global stocks of sturgeon. Presidents of the five countries also

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