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Fishermen of the Far East have no incentive to send fish to the domestic market - experts

Do not rush to send their catch to consumers fishermen of the Far East, which accounts for the bulk of fish caught in Russia

Fishermen of the Far East have no incentive to send fish to the domestic market - experts
According to the Rosselkhoznadzor, citing data from the Fishery Agency of the Sakhalin Oblast Government, by July 13, from the beginning of the salmon season, the island’s fishermen had extracted 2,3 thousand tons of pink salmon.

At the same time, according to the information provided by the Sakhalin department of the Rosselkhoznadzor administration for the Primorye Territory and the Sakhalin Region, about 350 tons of this fish were sent to consumers, and 95 tons of them to Primorsky Krai.

In addition, the delivery addresses of pink salmon were Moscow, Krasnodar Territory, Leningrad and Novosibirsk regions.

Since the beginning of the salmon season, the fishermen of Sakhalin have harvested 3,75 thousand tons of Pacific salmon. In addition to the pink salmon, 1,17 thousand tons of chum salmon and about 300 tons of sockeye were caught. According to the results of the fishing season, the fishermen of Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands plan to produce over 58 thousand tons of pink salmon, 45,6 thousand tons of chum salmon, about 2 thousand tons of sockeye salmon and 650 tons of coho salmon.

According to the head of the information agency for fisheries, Alexander Savelyev, the reasons for the slow supply of fish to the main regions of its consumption lies in the fact that the fishermen still lack the motivation to saturate the domestic market and form attractive prices for seafood.

"There is practically no progress in eliminating administrative barriers in Russian ports, so fishermen prefer export operations and the main volumes of Far Eastern Russian fish continue to be sent to neighboring states," he said.

Referring to the data of the Center for Monitoring Systems for Fisheries and Communications, A. Savelyev said that in the first half of the year Russian fishermen extracted 1 million 510,7 thousand tons of fish in the Far East. “During the same period, from the stations of the Far Eastern Railway, according to Russian Railways, only 304,5 thousand tons of Pacific seafood was sent to the western regions of the country,” he said.

A. Savelyev reminded that in the 2015 year, for example, 314 sent thousands of tons of seafood from the extracted 544,3 thousand tons from Sakhalin. The major buyers were the Republic of Korea (46,3% of the export volume in value terms), China (34,4%), Japan (15,4%), Interfax notes.

Referring to the FCS data, he also said that in January-April 2016, Russia exported fish and fish products by 799,9 million dollars (483,5 thousand tons). In recent years, exports have amounted to about 2 million tons. This is almost half of the fish and other bioresources produced by Russian fishermen, he noted.

At the same time, imports are falling. So, in June from the far-abroad countries fish and aquatic invertebrates were imported for 83,1 million dollars. Compared to June, 2015 shipments decreased by 20,9%, compared to 2016 in May - by 11,7%. Frozen and imported frozen fish.

"So there is less and less fish in the country and consumption is falling, it is possible that this year it will be no more than 14 kg per person at the medical rate in 18-20 kg ", - predicts A. Savelyev.