The European Commission's latest proposal for an import ban on Russian seafood as part of a fifth wave of sanctions announced on April 5 is unlikely to include major whitefish species, multiple sources told IntraFish.

While the proposed sanctions are still being negotiated by member states, and nothing is decided yet, sources say it appears the products facing an import ban primarily include caviar and certain crustaceans.

"All we can say is that, at the moment, the major whitefish species are not covered under the import ban," Guus Pastoor, president of the European Fish Processors Association (AIPCE), told IntraFish.