The Murmansk Sea Fishing Port saw a drop in activity during May this year with no blue whiting products landed at the port last month.
While in April fishing companies had landed 60% of their catches to the port, this figure fell to around 30% last month, as a roll-back in Covid-19 restrictions in European ports meant that more production was landed elsewhere.
As a result, there were only landings of demersal fish and shrimp in Murmansk during last month as 47 fishing vessels landed catches.
Canopus had the largest landing with 903 tonnes, followed by Arctic Princess with 770 tonnes of shrimp as a total of 2200 tonnes were landed at the Murmansk Sea Fishing Port.
Smaller trawlers Orvar and Nordvest landed 374 and 277 tonnes of demersal species and coastal trawlers Shkval and Kapa also made landings of iced fish.
Despite a disappointing month of May, the outlook for this month is more promising.
‘Fishing is shifting to the eastern part of the Barents Sea, closer to Murmansk, so not only transport vessels, but also trawlers, which usually tranship fish at sea, frequented the port,” said Eduard Malashenkov, head of the Murmansk Sea Fishing Port’s transshipment department.
‘We also hope that there will be an increase in turnover as fishing for redfish begins.’