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Russia will export 1.2 million tons of seafood to China in 2023

According to Russian official data, Russia's total seafood exports to China in 2023 will exceed 1.2 million tons, approximately double the previous year, while exports from other countries have dropped significantly.

According to statistics from the Russian fishery agency Rosrybolovstvo, Russia's total seafood production hit a historical record in 2023, reaching 4.4 million tons, an increase of 6% over the previous year. Among them, frozen fish production reached 3 million tons, an increase of 9%.

Russia's total seafood exports will increase by 12% to 2.2 million tons in 2023, of which 1.21 million tons will be exported to China, doubling the previous year.

On the other hand, exports from other major markets (such as Japan and South Korea) dropped significantly. South Korea exported approximately 617,000 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 33%; Japan exported 33,000 tons, a decrease of 43%; the Netherlands exported 138,000 tons, an increase of 4%; Belarus 75,500 tons, a decrease of 3%; Kazakhstan 26,000 tons, an increase of 11%; Nigeria 18,000 tons, a decrease of 64%.

Frozen fish accounts for 76% of Russia’s total exports, of which approximately 222,000 tons of frozen fish fillets are exported; in terms of export value, pollock, herring and crab rank among the top three.

The All-Russian Fisheries Association (VARPE) estimates that Pacific herring production in the Far East has increased significantly since the beginning of 2024. As of February 12, the catch of Pacific herring was 98,900 tons, a year-on-year increase of 56%. However, the pollock catch is down year-on-year, with the catch as of February 12 standing at 281,000 tonnes (26% of the total catch in the Sea of Okhotsk), down from 299,400 tonnes in the same period last year.


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