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Russia's seafood imports continue to slump

Salmon imports take yet another hit in the first 11 months of last year, while exports steadily grow.

Russia’s total seafood imports dropped 8.7 percent between January and November last year to 455,900 metric tons, compared to the same period in the previous year, according to preliminary data by the federal statistics service Rosstat.

Frozen capelin imports plummeted 66.6 percent to 9,700 metric tons, while frozen herring import supplies fell 37 percent to 29,800 metric tons. Salmon imports dived 29.8 percent to 41,800 metric tons.

Frozen trout and frozen mackerel imports increased 27.4 percent to 9,300 metric tons and 24.1 percent to 68,500 metric tons, respectively.

Meanwhile, seafood exports climbed 7 percent over the same time last year, reaching 1.76 million metric tons.

Frozen pollock continued to make up the bulk of Russia’s seafood exports, amounting to 730,600 metric tons through November, or 3.4 percent more than in the same period of the previous year.

Frozen herring exports on the other hand dropped 21.2 percent to 86,200 metric tons on back of increase in the overall catches of all herring species (Pacific, Atlantic and Baltic) by 10 percent to 401,200 metric tons.

Finished seafood products provided the major increase for exports, with fish fillets climbing 15.2 percent to 105,900 metric tons, and ready-to-eat and canned fish rising 18.2 percent to 14,300 metric tons.

Russia’s total fish production rose 2.6 percent in the first eleven months of 2016 over this time last year to 3.61 million metric tons.

According to Rosrybolovstvo, Russia’s federal agency for fisheries, as of Dec. 28, the country’s overall seafood catch increased 5.1 percent compared to 2015 level and reached 4,606,700 metric tons.

Far East areas provided the major share in the domestic harvest of 3.08 million metric tons, with pollock accounting for 1,710,640 metric tons, up 101,000 metric tons over this time last year.

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