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 8, 2021

Russia has introduced plans to undertake a modernization of its scientific fleet, with the goal of obtaining more accurate stock and biomass counts and predictions for catch totals.

Ultimately, the goal is to boost the country's fishing ambitions, which extend beyond Russia's own waters. 

Since 2014, when Russia banned food imports from many Western countries – a ban it recently extended through late 2021 – Russia

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Published on
January 7, 2021

The Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia have signed an agreement outlining safeguards for Russia's marine biological resources and the environment. 

Signed by Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries Head Ilya Shestakov and WWF-Russia Director Dmitry Gorshkov, the document also calls for closer efforts between WWF and the Russian government to study marine life and find more

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Published on
January 6, 2021

The Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries is reviewing how seafood prices have changed over the last five years, with the goal of developing recommendations for wholesale trade and retail, as well as producers, for a possible decrease …

Photo courtesy of Nadya

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Published on
January 4, 2021

The Russian Pacific Fishery Scientific Research Center (TINRO) has published its forecast for pollock seasons A and B in 2021, and hasrecommended that fishing companies get an early start to ensure quota isn’t left in the water …

Photo courtesy of The Russian Fishery

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Published on
December 31, 2020

Following the worst salmon season in the last 10 years, Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries took little time to roll out an action plan to create a new method for creating a scientific forecast in the wake of poor forecasting for 2020.

The 2020 salmon season in Russia's Far East ended with the total catch below expectations, and the biggest surprise was not the results themselves, but the fact that the forecasts based on previously

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Published on
December 28, 2020

The Russian government is considering selling the remainder of the country’s crab quotas via auctions, a follow-up to its controversial decision last year to auction half of its crab-fishing rights

Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries Head Ilya Shestakov expressed openness when asked in an interview with the business paper Kommersant whether it’s possible that the remaining 50 percent of crab quotas – currently

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Published on
December 15, 2020

China’s recent move to tighten inspections and controls of imported seafood is forcing Russian seafood exporters to begin to look at other markets.

Claiming it has found live coronavirus strains being carried by seafood imports, Chinese Customs has increased its scrutiny of all imported food, resulting in delays in the time it takes for products to get to market. 

China represents the largest market for Russian seafood, accounting for

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Published on
December 11, 2020
Russia President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to prolong the embargo imposed in August 2014 on food supplies, including seafood, from several countries. The ban was introduced on 7 August, 2014, as a response to sanctions taken by Western countries against Russia due to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and the country’s alleged involvement in the war in the eastern part of Ukraine. The ban has since been extended several times. At first,… Read More
Published on
December 10, 2020

Russia President Vladimir Putin signed into law the ratification of the  Port State Measures Agreement on 8 December, 2020, thus making Russia a party to the law-binding document intended to help combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) catch. A few amendments to the national legislation will follow to bring Russia’s laws in line with the agreement.

Originally adopted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United

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Published on
November 20, 2020

Russian Fishery Company (RFC) gained an intermediate victory in its clash with the Pollock Catchers Association (PCA) – Russia’s Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) client group – over its ouster from the body, as a commercial court imposed restrictive measures on the PCA’s actions prohibiting the association from taking any further steps to implement its decision to expel RFC. 

In the middle of 2020, Gleb

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