Russia significantly increased imports of premium seafood, mainly shrimp, in 2021, but industry players cite conflicting reasons for the surge.

According to the Russian Fishing Union, the country’s industry association representing several large processors and traders, Russia’s overall shrimp imports grew 33 percent year-on-year to reach 76,000 metric tons.

The All-Russian Association of Fisheries Enterprises, Entrepreneurs and Exporters (VARPE), revealed its own data, saying in 2021that Russia imported 84,000 metric tons of shrimp, up 69.3 percent from the 2020 level.