Russia almost stopped importing white fish

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Published May 10, 2023

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In the first quarter of 2023, total imports of white fish fillets decreased by 40%. On the one hand, this is due to a decrease in demand. On the other hand, with an increase in the supply of their fish, experts say.

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For three months of this year, no more than 3 thousand tons of white fish fillets (tilapia, pollock, hake, pangasius and halibut) were imported to Russia, DefaGroup calculated. In particular, imports of tilapia decreased by 41%, pangasius - by 50%, while in the same period last year, there was an increase in supplies. Imports of hake fillet continue to decline, it has halved compared to last year and amounted to only 300 tons. Hake carcasses also show negative dynamics - imports decreased by almost a third and amounted to 4 thousand tons. Even last year, Russia almost completely replaced the import of pollock products - only 158 tons of it were imported into Russia against 183 thousand tons of its own pollock. Since 2014, the import of pollock products has decreased by almost 130 times, says Alexei Buglak, president of the Association of pollock miners. In addition to the fish itself, import substitution also took place in surimi (minced meat) - last year more than 8,000 tons of ...
Source: RG
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