OREANDA-NEWS  Russian fishermen wanted to expand the geography of exports and actively sell fish to countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and South America. This is reported by Kommersant with reference to the proposal of the All-Russian Association of Fishermen (VARPE).

The organization asked the Rosselkhoznadzor to speed up work to develop exports of Russian fish and seafood to the markets of India, Chile, Peru, Malaysia, Argentina, Vietnam, Brazil, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Oman. About 275 thousand tons of pollock, cod, salmon, shrimp, squid, scallops and other products can be supplied to these countries.

Access to these markets will reduce the negative effect of the ban on the supply of Russian fish to the United States, the closure of ports for ships from the Russian Federation in Europe and duties on supplies to European Union states, said German Zverev, President of VARPE. As a result of the restrictions, in 2023, the volume of fish and seafood exports from Russia increased by 8.6 percent, to 2.56 million tons, but decreased in monetary terms by 5 percent, to $5.8 billion. After the sanctions were imposed, China became the main buyer of Russian seafood (49.6 percent of supplies in volume and 49.8 percent in money).