RUSSIA AIMS TO ENHANCE FISH PROCESSING CAPACITY
Russia aims to enhance fish processing capacity. Ilya Shestakov the head of the Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries says the country’s strategic aim is to enhance processing capacity and renew the fishing fleets.
Speaking at a press conference, he said:
“The priority task of the Federal Agency for Fishery is to increase the pace of construction of new processing plants on the Russian coast and the general renewal of the fishing fleet in terms of capacity up to 60%
“The main strategic task is to continue reforming the industry associated with the implementation of investment projects. What has already been built now is not enough. And even those facilities that will be built as a result of the implementation of this programme, and this is about 1.8 million tons of processing capacities, of which 530 thousand tons will go to processing plants – this is still not enough.
Rosrybolovstvo proposed, and this proposal is now being discussed, to increase the volume of quotas allocated for investment purposes in order to increase the volume of construction of fish processing plants. Our main task and goal is to reach 1 million tons of processing and to update the fleet as a whole by about 60%. Expansion of the programme “quotas in exchange for investments” will make it possible to do this.”