The major whitefish species, notably cod and pollock, have escaped the European Union's latest round of sanctions against Russia announced earlier this week, which included imports of certain seafood but did not specify which, sources told IntraFish.

The European Council officially imposed the fifth package of economic and individual sanctions against Russia on Friday, and whitefish is not on the list, IntraFish has learned.

However, crustaceans in numerous formats, caviar and caviar substitutes, are on the list, IntraFish was told.