Russia’s pelagic catches averaging ahead of 2021

Published on
August 22, 2022
A selection of packaged mackerel in a Russian grocery store.

Landings of pelagic species in Russia have so far been exceeding totals caught in 2021.

The high catches of sardine (iwashi) and mackerel in Russia have helped the country keep retail prices for the species relatively low, an issue of enhanced importance for the Russian government. The total catch of pelagic species this year, through 1 August, is 70,600 metric tons (MT), 10 percent higher than it was at the same time last year, according to data from the Russian Federal Agency for…

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Contributing Editor reporting from Saint Petersburg, Russia

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