Russian crabbers seeking new shipping routes to Asia

A vessel sales along the coast in Russia.

Russian companies and government officials are looking for new routes for crab exports, including the use of the Northern Sea Passage and new schemes involving air, auto, and rail transport.

In a speech at the Global Fishery Forum held in late September 2022 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries Deputy Head Khasan Likhov said there has been increased interest in using the Northern Sea Passage – a sea route through the Russian Arctic from the north to the country’s Far East. Likhov said that two cargo operations – a shipment of crab from the north to the east, and a shipment of pollock in the opposite direction – were successfully carried out in 2022.

In July 2022, Russian crab company Antey Sever– one of the largest catchers of crab in the country – faced a lack of demand for its crab harvested in the Barents Sea …

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