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Russia to boost domestic aquaculture production

Staff Writer | June 3, 2017
Plans to establish a new aquaculture hub in the Russian region of Tatarstan have been revealed, as the country aims to compensate for the lack of salmon imports from Norway.
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Russia’s state-run Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo), the authorities of the Republic of Tatarstan and Norwegian fish industry investors have met in Kazan, in western Russia, with the aim to discuss the possibilities of establishing an aquaculture cluster in Tatarstan.

Since Russia imposed a ban on Norwegian food imports, the country’s salmon supply has fallen by an estimated 130,000 to 140,000 tonnes per year, according to data released by the Rosrybolovstvo.

Under the plan, a string of aquaculture investments in Tatarstan is to be launched in the spring and summer of 2018, which would allow for a significant increase in its domestically produced fish supply.

Although the nature of the species to be farmed, has not yet been finalised at the press conference that accompanied the meeting, Rosrybolovstvo's deputy head Vasily Sokolov said there is a "market niche" in Russia for trout and salmon.

Given that Tatarstan is landlocked, any production of the latter would need to be in land-based recirculation systems.