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Dec 10 - Russia Says Six Pollock Factories Will Aim to Push Chinese Pollock from EU in 2020


Dec 4 - North Pacific Council to Reveal Catch Allocations This Week; Pollock to Increase, Cod is Uncertain


Nov 29 - Tax Dispute Over Vessel Repair Threatens Russian Pollock Season; 200,000 Tons of Fish Could be Lost


Nov 26 - Russia Expects Record Fish Harvests This Year; Salmon Growth Almost Doubles


Nov 21 - Trident’s Protein Noodles Top Winner at Alaska Seafood Contest


Nov 21 - Kuril Islands Resolution with Japan Could Mean Huge Losses for Russian Seafood Industry


Nov 16 - Russian Taxes of 4.8 percent Proposed Across the Board for the Domestic Seafood Industry


Nov 15 - Symphony of Seafood Debuts 10 New Products


Nov 9 - Halibut’s a Wrap But There’s Lots of Fishing Going on Across Alaska


Oct 29 - Russia Introduces New Strategy to Double Fish Export Revenue by 2024


Oct 26 - Russian Pollock Catch to Decline By as Much 20% Over Next 5 Years


Oct 22 - Sea of Okhotsk Pollock Catch Will be More Than 1 million Tons with Improved Fall Fishing


Oct 16 - Russia to Start Export Fish Sales Through Auctions in Coming Months


Oct 9 - Russian Fishing Company to Build 9 Trawlers at Domestic Shipyards


Oct 5 - Pollock Industry Commits $10 Million to Marketing Campaign as GAPP is Reorganized


Oct 1 - Russian Leading Fish Producer Norebo Subjected to State Searches, Seizures


Sep 18 - 10% Tariffs on $200 Billion Chinese Exports Take Effect; Some Pollock and Cod Products May be Exempt


Sep 10 - Russia Doubles Exports of Pollock Fillets, Surimi, This Year as European Market Improves


Aug 31 - Russian Pollock Fishery in Sea of Okhotsk Recertified by MSC, with All Conditions Met


Aug 28 - Proposed Tariffs on Reprocessed Alaska Seafood Causing Chinese Buyers to Pull Back


Aug 17 - Mining Operations Threaten Fishing Operations at Russian West Kamchatka Region


Aug 13 - China Continues Buying Russian Pollock, Taking 90%, With Some Going to Chinese Domestic Market


Aug 8 - Russian Government Plans Subsidies for Smaller Trawl Vessel Construction


Jul 31 - New Russian State Producer Could Pose Direct Competition to Traditional Fishing Companies


Jul 20 - World Fishing Overview Gives Alaska High Marks


Jul 19 - Russian Ban on Transhipping on Foreign Vessels Could Cripple Fishing Industry


Jul 11 - Russian Ex-senator Alexander Verkhovsky Becomes Second Largest Fishery Quota Holder


Jul 6 - Rosrybolovstvo Makes Second Attempt to Set Up State Sponsored Chain of Low-Priced Fish Stores


Jun 8 - RFC to Get 170,000 ton Investment Quota; Plans Six New Surimi, Pollock Block Trawlers


Jun 7 - McDowell Study Highlights Inshore Processing in Western Ak; Shows Vulnerability to Climate Change


Jun 6 - June Alaska Fishing Updates: Tough Start for Salmon Season


Jun 4 - Impacts of Acidic Oceans Revealed on Key Alaska Species


May 30 - Russian Government Considers Ban of At-Sea Processing Discharges in Domestic Waters


May 25 - Russian Fishery Company Plans New Fish Processor 'Russian Pollock' in the Far East


May 14 - Russia Plans to Lift Restriction on Bering Sea Pollock, Cod Catch This Year


May 9 - Russian Fishery Co. to Build Big Cod Plant on Barents Sea if they get Quota


Apr 30 - Trans-Ocean Products Names Kansas Company its 2017 Broker of the Year


Apr 23 - On Eve of Brussels Show, Russian Pollock Producers Promise Market War in Europe


Apr 18 - US Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank Waiting on MSC Final Consultation for Haddock, Pollock and Redfish


Apr 11 - Russian Fishery Company Plans New 60,000 ton Value-Added Pollock Plant near Vladivostok


Apr 4 - April Mixed for Alaska Fisheries, Sitka Herring Slumps, but Southeast Tanner Crab was Good


Mar 27 - Russian Fishery Company (RFC) Joins GSSI as Second Russian Partner


Mar 15 - Russia Postpones Distribution of Pollock Investment Quotas; Move May Favor Largest Companies


Mar 2 - Russian Fishery (RRPK) Aims to be World's Largest Pollock Producer With 7 New Trawlers, 2 Plants


Feb 28 - Trident Brings Its Fork & Fin Food Truck to UW, Students Line up for Pollock Tacos, Fish & Chips


Feb 27 - US Foods Spring Scoop Product Launch Features Shrimp, Salmon, Tuna and Pollock


Feb 26 - Russian Oligarch to Take 90% Control of Russian Fishery Co., Controlling Pollock Production


Feb 21 - White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider, Shrimp Nibblers For Lent


Feb 14 - Arby's Adds Nashville Hot Fish Pollock Fillet to Menu as Lent Begins


Feb 6 - More Russian Oligarchs Flooding into Fisheries With Aim to Buy Quota


Jan 31 - Restaurants Start their Seasonal Roll out of Seafood for Lent


Jan 30 - Russian Fishery Tries to Get Murmansk Cod Trawlers After Rival Accused of Having Foreign Ownership


Jan 18 - Russian Pollock Producers Again Vow to Focus more on Domestic Market


Jan 15 - South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia


Jan 3 - Russia Forecasts Significant Pollock Harvest Increase in Sea of Okhotsk This Year


Dec 27 - Russian Crab Industry Facing Work Force, Production Declines Due to Quota Auctions


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Russia Says Six Pollock Factories Will Aim to Push Chinese Pollock from EU in 2020

Russian pollock producers plan to increase their share of the European Union market and to push Chinese competitors out during the next several years, they say. The plan will take place through a significant increase of the quality of exported products, according to recent statements of some Rosrybolovstvo senior officials and local producers.

According to Petr Savchuk, the deputy head of Rosrybolovstvo, the quality of Russian pollock products will be significantly higher than those offered by Chinese competitors...

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North Pacific Council to Reveal Catch Allocations This Week; Pollock to Increase, Cod is Uncertain

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Alaskans will know this week how much cod, pollock and other whitefish they’ll be able to catch next year.

The bulk of Alaska’s fish catches come from waters from three to 200 miles offshore with oversight by federal fishery managers.

Their advisory arm for Alaska is the North Pacific Fishery Management Council who reviews stock assessments for groundfish each fall and sets catches for the coming year in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea ...

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Russia Expects Record Fish Harvests This Year; Salmon Growth Almost Doubles

Russia expects a record fish catch this year since the beginning of 1980s, according to recent statements of an official spokesman of the Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

According to deputy head of Rosrybolovstvo, Vasily Sokolov, the volume of catch this year will be more than 5 million tons – a record in the post-Soviet period and in the history of modern Russia.

Sokolov added that salmon has accounted for the biggest growth. According to data of Rosrybolovstvo, more than 677,000 tonnes of salmon were ...

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Kuril Islands Resolution with Japan Could Mean Huge Losses for Russian Seafood Industry

Russian leading fishery companies may bear multi-million dollar losses due to the possible transfer of the Kuril Islands to Japan, which is currently being discussed between the governments of Russia and Japan.

According to some Russian experts, both countries have never been so close to a solution of the issue of Kuril Islands since the end of World War II. The potential transfer were part of recent talks between Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which were conducted in Singapore.

For Russian fishermen, the transfer ...

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Symphony of Seafood Debuts 10 New Products

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – From spring rolls to seafood noodles – Alaska’s Symphony of Seafood unveils new products.

The 26th Alaska Symphony of Seafood attracted 10 entries in its annual competition. They were judged privately last night (Wednesday) in Seattle in three categories: retail, food service and Beyond the Plate. As always, the innovation is off the charts.

“I have not seen a spring roll product entered before. Alaska sockeye salmon spring roll by Tai Foong. And Fishpeople Seafoods entered a salmon jerky ...

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Russia Introduces New Strategy to Double Fish Export Revenue by 2024

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - October 29, 2018

Russia plans to double its revenue from the exports of fish products by 2024 - up to U.S. $8 billion, according to recent statements of the head of the Russian Fishery Agency (Rosrybolovstvo), Ilya Shestakov.

The increase will be primarily achieved through increased development of processing.

According to Shestakov, thanks to stable production, Rosrybolovstvo plans to focus on changing the structure of its exports by increasing the supply of value-added products ...

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Sea of Okhotsk Pollock Catch Will be More Than 1 million Tons with Improved Fall Fishing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - October 22, 2018

Russia has officially started a new autumn-winter fishing season for pollock and herring in the Far East, according to the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

As part of these plans, particular attention will be paid to the catch in the Sea of Okhotsk, particularly the North-Okhotsk sea subzone, where all the quotas, allocated for the current year, should be used.

By the end of the year total quotas for ...

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Russian Fishing Company to Build 9 Trawlers at Domestic Shipyards

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - October 9, 2018

Russian leading fish producer and processor Russian Fishing Company (RRPK) is preparing for a significant increase of production in years to come. The company plans to place additional orders for the building of large trawler-processors at domestic shipyards.

As part of these plans, the company intends to build nine fishing trawlers at the capacities of St. Petersburg shipyards, at the cost of U.S. $100 million per ship.

Last year, the company already signed an agreement for ...

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Russian Leading Fish Producer Norebo Subjected to State Searches, Seizures

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - October 1, 2018

Russian leading fish producer Norebo (Karat) Group of Companies may experience serious difficulties doing further business in the Russian domestic market, due to the recently conducted massive searches and documents seizures at the Murmansk office of the company, as well at homes of senior employees of Norebo.

This has been confirmed by Norebo company official spokesman Sergey Sennikov, who said the seizure of company servers and computers of the endangers payment of wages to employees ...

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Russia Doubles Exports of Pollock Fillets, Surimi, This Year as European Market Improves

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - September 10, 2018

Russia has doubled its exports of processed pollock this year, according to recent statements of senior officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and leading local producers. 

According to industry officials, the biggest growth in exports has been observed in pollock fillets, minced meat and surimi. 

This is confirmed by the official statistics, according to which, in the first half of the current year, fillets’ exports grew by almost three times, compared to the same period of 2017, while the ...

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Proposed Tariffs on Reprocessed Alaska Seafood Causing Chinese Buyers to Pull Back

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – August 28, 2018

No decision has yet been made on whether US seafood products exported from Alaska for re-processing in China will be charged punitive US tariffs of either 10% or 25%. 

The office of the US Trade Representative has announced a tentative list of products to be taxed, which includes all seafood from China, but the industry is still lobbying for an exemption.

The earliest the tariffs could be announced or go into effect would be after September 6, which is ...

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China Continues Buying Russian Pollock, Taking 90%, With Some Going to Chinese Domestic Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - August 13, 2018

China continues to increase imports of Russian pollock, despite maintaining high prices for it, both in Russia and on the global market, according to recent statements of some leading Russian fishermen and senior officials from the Russian Ministry of Agriculture.

According to the Russian analyst agency Rybset, one of the leading fish titles in Russia, the ever growing demand for Russian pollock in China makes pollock less affordable for domestic consumers, its prices are steadily growing.

For example, Russian Ministry of Agriculture data shows ...

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New Russian State Producer Could Pose Direct Competition to Traditional Fishing Companies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden – July 31, 2018

A new state-owned fish producer may soon be established in Russia, according to recent statements of some leading Russian fish producers and sources in Rosrybolovstvo. It could hold a large number of fish quotas available in the Russian fish market and compete with the current market leaders.

The new fish producer will be established on the basis of the already existing FSUE "Natrbresource," a state enterprise that operates coastal port facilities in several regions of Russia, including the Kaliningrad Sea Fishing Port, as well as ...

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Russian Ban on Transhipping on Foreign Vessels Could Cripple Fishing Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - July 29, 2018

The Russian fishing industry is on the verge of serious losses, due to the recent national Federal Security Service (FSB) warnings to fishing companies about new requirements limiting foreign transport ships and tenders.

The introduction of these new requirements have already been confirmed by the All-Russian Association of Fishermen (VARPE), a public association that unites some leading Russian fish producers.

Previously, such requirements were not imposed if the foreign vessel had the right to operate under the Russian flag and was ...

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Rosrybolovstvo Makes Second Attempt to Set Up State Sponsored Chain of Low-Priced Fish Stores

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - July 6, 2018

Russian Rosrybolovstvo plans to establish a network of seafood stores in Russia, with the aim to ensure local citizens have regular access to fish and seafood and sold at affordable prices, according to an official spokesman of a Ilya Shestakov, head of Rosrybolovstvo, and recent statements of some senior officials of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture.

The first store is scheduled to open in August or September this year in Murmansk ...

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McDowell Study Highlights Inshore Processing in Western Ak; Shows Vulnerability to Climate Change

SEAFODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – June 7, 2018

A recent McDowell Group study on the economic impact of inshore processing of BSAI groundfish and crab revealed an important truth about Alaska Fisheries:  both companies and the state as a whole prosper from diversification.

Although pollock is by far the largest component species by volume, and also the largest single driver of revenue, the contribution of non-pollock species to the processing sector in Unalaska and other communities is vital economically.

The report suggests that if a number of stocks fall off...

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Tax Dispute Over Vessel Repair Threatens Russian Pollock Season; 200,000 Tons of Fish Could be Lost

Russian fish producers are preparing to protest due to a proposed state initiative to ban fish harvests from trawlers that were repaired at foreign shipyards, leading Russian fish companies say.

The proposal was revealed just as the Russian pollock season is about to begin on Jan. 1.

In accordance with the latest initiative of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, all the fish trawlers serviced and repaired at shipyards outside Russia must undergo customs declarations -- otherwise, their further activities within the Russian territorial waters will be banned.

In the meantime, the new initiative has already caused sharp criticism ...

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Trident’s Protein Noodles Top Winner at Alaska Seafood Contest

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

Trident’s Protein Noodles took top honors at the Symphony of Seafood, winning first place in the retail category and the Seattle’s People’s Choice. The top winners were announced Monday at Pacific Marine Expo.

The refrigerated noodles are pollock-based and touted as a high protein, gluten free alternative to wheat-based pastas that contain loads of carbs and sugars.  Just heat them up and add sauce! The protein noodles will debut at Costco stores early next year ...

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Russian Taxes of 4.8 percent Proposed Across the Board for the Domestic Seafood Industry

Increased taxes on fish and seafood products appear to be on the horizon for the Russian seafood industry.

The Russian government is designing a new legislative system for the domestic fish industry that will be based on new taxation rules and standards, according to recent statements of some leading Russian fish producers and local analysts in the field of fish business.

According to Peter Savchuk, deputy head of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo), the current situation in the Russian fish industry remains stable; however, its current growth rates do not meet the expectations of the national government.

He added that the government is unhappy...

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Halibut’s a Wrap But There’s Lots of Fishing Going on Across Alaska

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - November 9, 2018

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Halibut’s a wrap but there’s lots of fishing going on across Alaska.

As some Alaska fisheries wind down for the year, others are still going strong.

In Southeast, a fishery opened on November 8 for seven different kinds of rockfish.

About 170 divers are still going down for more than 1.7 million pounds of sea cucumbers, and more than 700,000 pounds of giant geoduck clams ...

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Russian Pollock Catch to Decline By as Much 20% Over Next 5 Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - October 26, 2018

Russia will face a significant decline of its pollock total allowable catch, starting in 2020, according to recent statements of scientists of the Russian Pacific Fisheries Research Center (TINRO), one of leading research institutions in the field of fishing in the country.

According to TINRO scientists' forecasts, the decline of pollock harvest in Russia after 2020 will be equivalent to -5 percent. This will result in the decline of the overall catch by about 20 percent by 2023, compared to 2018.

Commenting this data during the ...

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Russia to Start Export Fish Sales Through Auctions in Coming Months

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - October 16, 2018

The Russian Federal Agency for Fishery, Rosrybolovstvo, plans to establish special trading areas in the Primorye region for the export sales of domestic fish and seafood, according to recent statements by Ilya Shestakov.

The introduction of auction platforms, according to Shestakov, will make the existing sales mechanism more transparent and will allow the sales of Russian fish at fair market prices.

All the trading platforms will be equipped with modern refrigeration facilities and have special inspection compartments ...

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Pollock Industry Commits $10 Million to Marketing Campaign as GAPP is Reorganized

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – October 5, 2018

The U.S. Alaska pollock industry is reorganizing and strengthening GAPP, and putting money into a massive marketing campaign.

GAPP, the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers, announced three major changes today:

-Expansion of GAPP membership to include all those involved in the fishing and primary processing of Alaska pollock.

-Commitment of a CEO level Board of Directors who will make rapid decisions,

-A minimum commitment of $10 million from participating companies for a new marketing program.

“GAPP now has a clear and focused mission: to ensure the world’s chefs and consumers understand how sustainable...

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10% Tariffs on $200 Billion Chinese Exports Take Effect; Some Pollock and Cod Products May be Exempt

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - September 18, 2018

The Trump administration, over tremendous industry opposition, went ahead with a new round of punitive tariffs on Chinese products sent to America.

The new tariffs were set at 10% initially, and will rise to 25% on Jan 1, 2019.

Despite over 6000 comments opposing the tariffs, few changes were made in the list to accommodate individual companies or industries.  The exception was Apple, which secured exemptions for its watch, airpods, and ...

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Russian Pollock Fishery in Sea of Okhotsk Recertified by MSC, with All Conditions Met

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - August 31, 2018

The MSC has recertified the Russian Sea of Okhotsk Pollock Fishery following their 5 year review. 

Every five years MSC certified fisheries have to go through the full assessment process again to ensure they are continuing to meet the MSC Fisheries Standard. The assessment was carried out by third-party conformity assessment body Acoura Marine.

The Russian Pollock Catchers Association (PCA) first obtained MSC certification in 2013. The fishery was given 8 conditions ...

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Mining Operations Threaten Fishing Operations at Russian West Kamchatka Region

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - August 17, 2018

Major Russian Kamchatka-region fish harvests may drop this year thanks to investment in another natural resource: mining.

Global mining companies have announced plans to start the production of minerals close to the West Kamchatka shelf as well as peripheral areas of the Peninsula.

For example, Indian energy holding company Tata Power -- India's largest integrated power company, according to its website -- has recently completed its plans to build a new port on the Sea of Okhotsk on the western coast of Kamchatka. The company's ...

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Russian Government Plans Subsidies for Smaller Trawl Vessel Construction

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - August 8, 2018

The Russian government plans to provide subsidies from the federal budget for the development of the national small-tonnage fishing fleet, according to recent statements of some senior officials at the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and Rosrybolovstvo.

The estimated amount of subsidies is roughly RUB 6 billion (~$100 million USD).
The government plans to initially compensate at least 25 percent of the total cost of the building of small fishing trawlers.

According to a spokerperson of Rosrybolovstvo, state support ...

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World Fishing Overview Gives Alaska High Marks

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - July 20, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Alaska pollock is the top fish catch in the world for four years running, toppling anchovies from Chile and Peru.

More than 40 million commercial fishermen were out at work on global waters on nearly five million boats, of which 90 percent are under 40 feet.

Those numbers have held steady over several years, says the latest State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture done every other year by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization ...

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Russian Ex-senator Alexander Verkhovsky Becomes Second Largest Fishery Quota Holder

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - July 11, 2018

The largest deal since 2013 was officially closed on the Russian fish market Tuesday. The Sakhalin Island company, a Russian fish producer owned by ex-senator Alexander Verkhovsky, acquired the Preobrazhensky Base of Trawl Fleet (PBTF), one of Russia’s largest fish producers, from the family of Sakhalin governors Oleg Kozhemyaka.

The deal, which is estimated at US $430 million, made Verkhovsky the second largest holder of fishing quotas in Russia after the Norebo Group (Karat), which ...

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RFC to Get 170,000 ton Investment Quota; Plans Six New Surimi, Pollock Block Trawlers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  June 8 2018

The Russian Fishery Company (RFC) announced it will receive 170,000 tons of pollock and herring quota under the terms of the Russian investment quota program.

The program supports the construction of fishing vessels and fish processing facilities by awarding the investors with significant quota.

RFC and the Federal Agency for Fishery recently signed the agreements on securing and providing the Company with more than 170,000 tons of Pollock and Herring quota once six trawlers-processors and on-shore fish processing factory are commissioned...

 

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