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June 24, 2020

Russia salmon production increases 36.4% in 2019



Last year, Russia saw a 36.4% increase in salmon production, reaching 90,800 tonnes, based on recent figures.


Farmed salmon production levels have become twice as high as in 2014, said Ilya Shestakov, Russia's Deputy Minister of Agriculture, during a visit to salmonid producers in Karelia.


The minister also highlighted the federal strategy for the development of fish production, which was approved in November 2019. The strategy seeks to boost farm raised salmon production in the Northwestern Federal District to 120,000 tonnes by 2030. An additional 30,000 tonnes are expected to be produced in the region in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS).


"This commodity aquaculture sector has tremendous opportunities for import substitution. After the introduction of counter-sanctions by Russia (in 2014), about 122,000 tonnes of salmon were no longer eligible for domestic imports. Now, the volume of Russian production has exceeded 90,000 tonnes, that is, we are almost close to replacement," said Shestakov.


- The Fish Site

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