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
July 27, 2021

As of 19 July, two months into Russia’s salmon season that started on 1 June, 91,000 metric tons (MT) of the species were caught – 2.4 times more than in the corresponding period of 2020 but 19 percent less than in 2019, Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries said …

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Published on
July 26, 2021

Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries will lease 143 sites for aquaculture in 2021, the most acreage ever explicitly offered for aquaculture in Russia’s modern history ... 

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Published on
June 22, 2021

Russian Aquaculture, the largest fish-farming company in Russia, had a mixed start to 2021, with increased revenue but with a fall in profitability, according to its recently released, unaudited Q1 results.

Results were positive on the operations side, the company reported. Harvests were up by 26 percent compared to Q1 2020, while sales of finished products increased by 28 percent. 

The company's revenue, driven by higher sales, was

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Published on
June 15, 2021

A survey by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has revealed that the trade of caviar and sturgeon-based products in four key European countries continues to be plagued by illegal trading, hindering the recovery of seven of eight species of sturgeon in Eastern Europe that are on the brink of extinction.

WWF conducted a market survey within the European Union-funded LIFE project and published a resulting paper, "Sustainable Protection of Lower Danube

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Published on
June 4, 2021

Russian Friends Capital, a Moscow-based investment fund, is planning an Atlantic salmon aquaculture farm in Kazakhstan to target prospective markets in the country, as well as markets in Russia and

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Published on
June 3, 2021

Russia’s pollock fishery was faced with an unprecedented season in 2021 as the nation’s products were shut out of Chinese ports – a sudden loss of the destination market for 60 percent of the country's seafood exports.  

The closure forced the fishery to look for new destinations for its products, raising existential questions about the future of Russia's seafood trade strategy. 

Russia’s pollock A season

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Published on
May 31, 2021

Lloyd’s Register, a third-party assessor of the North West Bering Sea/Navarinsky Area pollock fishery, has determined the fishery has met the basic requirements of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard and can further proceed to gain full certification.

But once certified, the fishery must additionally address four aspects through supplemental action plans, the conformity assessment body said.

Russia’s Pollock Catchers

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Published on
May 17, 2021

Russian Aquaculture, the biggest player in Russia’s fish farming sector, saw a slight sales decrease in 2020 that it attributes to difficult weather  but the company is optimistic about 2021

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Published on
May 4, 2021

Russian Pollock Association (PCA), a client member of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for Russia, has successfully obtained MSC certification for the Eastern Sakhalin fishery subzone in the Sea of Okhotsk …

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Published on
April 22, 2021

The Russian Scientific Fishery Institute Council of Directors announced the country’s total allowable catch (TAC) for 2022 will be 3.25 million metric tons (MT), with nearly two million MT allocated to pollock.

The lion’s share of the TAC for Russia – 3.08 million MT – is assigned to the Far Eastern Fishery basin, slightly higher than in 2021. Stocks in the basin are stable, which results in highly accurate

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