Russian fishing production decreased by 5% yoy to 237,500 tons since the beginning of the year. The Rosrybolovstvo reported decrease in caught fish due to adverse weather conditions, as storms prevented fishing and difficult ice conditions in the major fishery basins. According to the state agency, the Russian fishermen has 12,400 tons less than the same period last year, mostly at the Far Eastern and North Basins, but the quota will not be lost and production will compensate the decrease during the further weeks. The Russian fishing industry has an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of 7.6 million sq km, including access to twelve seas in three oceans.
The fishing in Far Eastern basin has total production of 186,600 tons since the beginning of 2017, which is 7,900 tons less that the same period last year. The fshing of pollock decreased by 7,700 tons to 123,000 tonnes. Low temperature, the rapid growth of the ice edge and vast fields of broken ice which tends to complicate adfreezing fleet operation. In the southern part of the Okhotsk Sea, the strong storm winds continue to affect the performance of the fishing.
In the North Basin the caught fish amounted to 17,300 tons, which is 7,200 tons less on year-on-year basis. In particular, the cod fishery amounted to 8,200 tons, compared to 17,200 tons in the same period last year. However, the catches of haddock increased by 1,600 tons to 8,000 tons.
In the Baltic Sea fishing production decreased by 1,900 tons to 3,000 tons. The Baltic herring catch amounted to 1,200 tons.
The fishing in Azov-Black Sea basin produced 4,600 tons of biological resources, which is 700 tons more than 2016.