Russia's crab fishing season is in full swing despite previously announced fears that it would be suspended after the country's seafood exports were sanctioned by the United States and some European countries in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

"The use of the allocated crab quotas is going on as usual," confirmed Rosrybolovstvo, Russia’s federal fishery agency.

According to the fishery regulator, as of the end of May, Russia’s total crab catch in the Far Eastern and Northern fishery basins was nearly 35,000 tons, down just 2,000 metric tons from this time last year.