Russia’s seafood harvests on track to reach record high

Overall catch is poised to trump last year's record thanks in part to sharp uptick in pollock volume.

Russia’s overall seafood harvest reached 4.4 million metric tons through Nov. 29, up 2.5 percent compared with this time last year, and putting it on track to hit a new record, according to the country’s federal fishery agency Rosrybolovstvo.

The Russian Far Eastern Fishery Basin provided the bulk of the total catch, amounting to 2.9 million metric tons, or 7,700 metric tons more than last year’s level, and making up 65.5 percent of the country's overall harvest.

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Pollock harvest volumes increased by 28,800 metric tons to 1.6 million metric tons through the period, accounting for 56 percent of the overall harvest in Russia’s Far East.

The Northern Fishery Basin saw an overall catch of 526,300 metric tons, with major commercial cod and haddock landings accounting for 367,900 metric tons and 94,900 metric tons, respectively.

The overall harvest in the Baltic Sea slightly decreased by 2.1 percent to 65,800 metric tons. Sprat catches climbed 1,700 metric tons to 33,900 metric tons, while Baltic herring harvests dipped 2,100 metric tons to 19,400 metric tons.

The total catch in the Azov-Black Sea Basin dove 15.9 percent to 75,600 metric tons due to a decrease in the sprat catch and other fishing species. Anchovy landings increased by 900 metric tons to 37,900 metric tons, while sardelle harvests went down by 27.3 percent to 5,300 metric tons.

In the Caspian basin, the total fish catch increased by 3,300 metric tons to 57,800 metric tons.

Russia’s overall harvest in the economic zones of foreign states climbed 15.3 percent and reached 436,800 metric tons, primarily due to catches in the fisheries zones of Angola and Morocco.

In 2016, Russia reached a record high seafood harvest of 4.8 million metric tons, up 6.8 percent from the previous year.