Three of the trawlers operated by the Russian Fishery Company are the top catchers during the pollock A-season in the North Pacific.
Figures for this year to 9th April show that Vladimir Limanov has been the top catcher with 27,180 tonnes, followed by Kapitan Vdovichenko with 27,163 tonnes), and Kapitan Oleinichuk with 23,736 tonnes.
The two new trawlers, Vladimir Limanov and Kapitan Vdovichenko also returned average daily catch rates of over 300 tonnes.
The pair are the lead vessels in a series of new vessels designed to update the company’s fleet with modern capacity, and with the capability to fully process 100% of what comes on board. This season has seen a significant change in production patterns, with the proportion of high value fillet and surimi production at sea going from 22% in the past to 32%
The Russian Fishery Company reports that its production of frozen pollock fillet this season has gone to 13,774 tonnes, compared to 11,976 tonnes in 2022. There’s a serious increase in surimi production which has jumped to 12,329 tonnes compared to 4551 tonnes last year and pollock roe production is 6031 tonnes, while this was 4910 tonnes in 2022.
‘RFC vessels improved performance in season A compared to the previous year’s results. Ten vessels participated in the fishery, compared to twelve in 2022. Among these are two new supertrawlers, which are in the leading positions, which confirms the effectiveness and capabilities of the new vessels that are being built by RFC,’ said RFC production director Sergey Parshin.
‘It would be impossible to achieve leading positions without the experience and skills of our skippers, and the professionalism and diligence of production managers and ship crews. In the 2023 B-season 2023, Mekhanik Maslak will be available for fishing and production after completion of sea trials in May.’