Salmon roe processing plant (Photo: Stockfile)
Federal Agency for Fishery report on salmon season and roes
Thursday, October 29, 2020, 01:00 (GMT + 9)
As of October 26, 2020, users of the Far Eastern constituent entities of the Russian Federation have harvested (caught) more than 298 thousand tons of Pacific salmon, or 44% of the record level of 2018. The increase in production for the week amounted to 2.2 thousand tons.
In the Sakhalin Region, the production of Pacific salmon continues only for chum salmon in the South Kuril Islands. To date, users of the Sakhalin Region have produced more than 65.8 thousand tons, which is 59.8 thousand tons or 48% less than in 2018.
Positive dynamics in catch volumes is observed in the Primorsky Territory - more than 1.1 thousand tons of Pacific salmon were harvested here, which is 7.6% more than in 2018 (+81 tons to the level of 2018).
Commercial catch of Pacific salmon in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Magadan Region, Kamchatka, Primorsky and Khabarovsk Territories has been completed.
Rosrybolovstvo does not expect a shortage of red caviar in Russia in 2020
Rosrybolovstvo does not expect a shortage of red caviar in Russia in 2020. According to the agency's estimates, its production will amount to 13-13.5 thousand tons with an average annual consumption of 12-16 thousand tons, said Dmitry Klokov, head of the joint press service of the Federal Agency for Fishery.
“This year's salmon fishing season will end with a result exceeding 300 thousand tons. With this level of production, a shortage of red caviar is hardly possible - this is a good indicator that was achieved in the difficult conditions of the mass of restrictions imposed by the spread of coronavirus infection,” he said.
According to Klokov, it is incorrect to compare the results of this fishing season with 2018, which was a record year. He noted that the average annual consumption of caviar in Russia in recent years was 12-16 thousand tons per year. This year, production of about 13-13.5 thousand tons is expected, so there is no need to talk about significant deviations from the average consumption, Klokov is sure.
He also recalled that the cost of red caviar on a store shelf depends on a chain of several market players. “It is possible that certain participants in this chain are trying to speculate on the news agenda,” Klokov suggested. He added that the producers' refrigerators still retain last year's products, and the vast majority of red caviar is made from frozen raw materials. “In our opinion, there is an artificial escalation of the situation,” concluded the head of the press service of the Federal Agency for Fishery.