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Russian annual fish catch marginally up. According to the operational data of the sectoral monitoring system of the Russian Federal Agency for Fishery, the total volume of production of aquatic biological resources by all Russian users as of December 31, 2020 amounted to 4.97 million tonnes, which is 57.4 thousand tonnes or 1.2% more than in 2019.

In the Far Eastern fishery basin, the catch increased by 4.2% and reached 3.57 million tonnes. Pollock production increased by 6% to 1.83 million tonnes, cod – by 10.5%, to 171.9 thousand tonnes, flounder – by 10.3%, to 93 thousand tonnes, Pacific herring – by 6, 8%, up to 410 thousand tonnes.

The fishermen of the Northern Fisheries Basin produced 0.6% less than the previous year – almost 492 thousand tons. Cod catch decreased by 3.8% – to 305.5 thousand tonnes. At the same time, the volume of haddock production increased by 15.4% – up to 88 thousand tonnes, catfish – by 2.5%, to 7.2 thousand tonnes, flounder – by 1.5%, to 12.9 thousand tonnes.

In the Azov-Black Sea fishery basin, the volume of production decreased by 8.2% – to 68.5 thousand tonnes. The catches of anchovy decreased by 0.15% to 31.1 thousand tonnes, and tulka by 34% to 2.2 thousand tonnes. Sprat production increased by 2% and reached 18.3 thousand tonnes.

The catch in the Western Fishery Basin increased by 6.2% and amounted to 83.2 thousand tonnes. The volume of sprat production increased by 11.8% – up to 45.1 thousand tonnes, herring – by 4.7%, up to 26 thousand tonnes.

In the Volga-Caspian fishery basin, it was harvested 9.4% more than in 2019 – 81.3 thousand tonnes. The sprat catch increased 4.7 times and reached 13.6 thousand tonnes.

In conventional areas, zones of foreign states and the open part of the World Ocean, the Russian fleet produced 626.5 thousand tonnes – 12.2% less than in 2019.

Source: United Press Service of the Federal Agency for Fishery