Russian Aquaculture harvested over over 17,000 tonnes of fish last year

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In total, Russia’s largest aquaculture company harvested 17,032 tonnes of salmon and trout.

Russian Aquaculture harvested 10,067 tonnes of salmon and 7,864 tonnes of trout between August 2018 and June 2019, the company reported on its site.

The company farms salmon in the Barents Sea in the Murmansk region, while its trout operations are in lakes of the Republic of Karelia. Both regions are in the northwest of Russia. Among the owners of the company are Maksim Vorobyov, the brother of the governor of Moscow.

The total is up from 2017’s 12,500 tonnes of fish.

Currently, the company owns the rights to 49 sites for salmon and trout farming and the potential amount for both these areas is 50,000 tonnes a year.

In March, SalmonBusiness reported Russian Aquaculture’s plans to reduce dependence on Norwegian fry imports by building its own facility. In June, AKVA group Denmark, a wholly owned subsidiary of AKVA group, won a tender to build a EUR 12 million smolt plant for the salmon farmer.

In March, the deputy head of Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries Vasily Sokolov announced that the Russian government is drawing up plans to make salmon production account for 37 per cent of all aquaculture by 2030.