As of 21st November, the Russian Far East industry had landed 291,000 tonnes of ivasi sardine, mackerel and saury, while the salmon catch has exceeded half a million tonnes.
Dense marks of ivasi sardine migrating from northern waters have allowed the fleet to land 229,00 tonnes. The mackerel catch of 62,000 tonnes is a significant increase on the same period in 2020 and 593 tonnes of saury have been landed.
There are currently 13 Russian vessels fishing for ivasi sardine and mackerel, and two targeting saury.
The fishery for ivasi sardine and mackerel takes place within the EEZ of Russia in the South Kuril Strait and south of the island.
Some vessels moved to the Japanese EEZ for fishing according to quotas allocated under international treaties. The saury fishery remains unpredictable.
The salmon catch in the Far East has so far amounted to about 538,000 tonnes, exceeding the 2020 figure by 20%, making this Russia’s third largest season to date.
Salmon caviar production between January and September amounted to 20,700 tonnes, doubling the 2020 production figure of 9900 tonnes.
The capacity of the domestic market for red caviar is believed to be about 16-17,500 tonnes, so this had already been exceeded by the end of the third quarter of this year