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 16, 2021

Russia’s Accounts Chamber, the parliamentary body responsible for supervising the country’s finances, has issued a report that national crab quota reforms conducted in 2019 did not achieve any strategic goals.

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April 15, 2021

Russian fishing companies are worried a new rules issued by the government banning ships built, purchased, or serviced outside of European Asian Economic Union (EAEU) – Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan – from fishing in Russian waters will cause higher seafood prices at retail and a decline in catch.

Over the past few years, fishing ships built, purchased, or serviced abroad have been banned from landing catch at

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Published on
April 6, 2021

Russian startup Strizh-Aqua HUB, in partnership with Israel-based AquaMaof Aquaculture Technologies, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in early March to establish a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) growing Atlantic salmon in the Krasnodar region, aiming primarily at the booming market of southern Russia. 

Strizh-Aqua HUB Founder and CEO Victor Popolitov, who has 25-years of successful entrepreneurial experience under his

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Published on
March 31, 2021

Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament, recently approved a bill designed to resolve a dispute over cod and haddock catches in the country’s Northern Fishery Basin.

Russia's Northern Fishery Basin yields nearly 500,000 metric tons, or 10 percent, of Russia’s annual catch, primarily consisting of cod and haddock fished in the White and Barents seas. Two separate fishing types – coastal

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Published on
March 23, 2021

Forecasting models used to determine stocks and expected landings of Pacific salmon have been rendered obsolete by climate change, and a global effort is needed to update them, a conference of leading marine scientists has concluded.

The conference, "Abundance Dynamics, Stock Status, and Artificial Reproduction of Pacific Salmon in the Northern Pacific," took place in late February and was initiated by the Russian Federal Agency for

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Published on
March 16, 2021

On 9 March, Russia announced an auction for the last lot of investment quotas for deep-water crab. The event, to be held in early April, will officially complete the crab quota reform begun in 2019 ...

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Published on
March 10, 2021

The Russian government is continuing to seek solutions to address an excessive supply of pollock stemming from the near-closure of the Chinese market.

In January, Chinese customs authorities announced a tightening of inspections after they claimed to have found live strains of COVID-19 on the packaging of seafood imported from Russia.

Even though Russian watchdog government bodies have upped their own inspections of

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Published on
February 16, 2021

Russia’s pollock season, which began on 1 January, is in serious jeopardy as its primary market, China, has shut out Russian imports, citing COVID-19 safety measures.

Russia sells to 61 percent of its national seafood exports – worth nearly USD 3.3 billion (EUR 2.74 billion) – to China, with Russia's pollock exports to China worth USD 580 to USD 600 million (EUR 482 to EUR 499 million).

The Chinese market became

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Published on
February 15, 2021

A subsidiary of the Russian Aquaculture group of companies has received the government’s support for its plant to build a salmon and trout smolt hatchery in the Russian Arctic.

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February 12, 2021

Commercial fishing in the Caspian Sea – the largest inland water body on the planet – has resumed and is producing at better-than-expected levels.

Last year brought results exceeding those of 2019 – the first year fishing of certain key species had been allowed in the sea for years. Now, scientific forecasts and recommended harvests for 2021 have increased further still, making the sea a potential growth area for Russia's

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