Crimea, Krasnodar boosting oyster and mussel production

Russia increases oyster and mussel production, as well as aquacultural production in general. State government ready to double subsidies
Crimea, Krasnodar boosting oyster and mussel production
14 December 16:46 2016 Print This Article

In the first nine months of 2016, Russia increased oyster and mussel production reaching 500 tons, reports Russia’s Federal Fishery Agency.

“The products are in demand. Shipments have already been made to the central part of Russia. With the growth of production volume, the shipments will increase,” Fishery Agency Head Ilya Shestakov told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday, reports RBC daily.

According to the agency spokesperson Ksenia Timakova, production levels had been boosted by oyster and mussel farms in the Crimean peninsula. “For Q1-Q3 2016, the production of mussels and oysters in Crimean peninsula farms increased by more than 2.5 times totaling 100 tons – 70.5 tons of mussels and 29 tons of oysters,” she said.

Oyster and mussel production also rose in the Krasnodar region and the Russia’s Far East. According to Timakova, the Far East’s production volume at the beginning of December equaled 60 tons, compared to 50 tons the year before.

However, despite growing domestic production, Russia still imports most of its mussels and oysters. In the first nine months of 2016, Russia imported about 580 thousand tons of oysters, compared with 302 thousand tons in the same period the year before.

Aquacultural production in Russia in general rose over the year. According to Shestakov in the first nine months of the year it grew almost 40% compared to the same period las year totaling 97.5 thousand tons. In 2015, Russia produced 153 thousand tones of aquacultural production.

On Tuesday, Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev said that state authorities want to double fishery subsidies and boost production to 300-400 thousand tons per year by 2020.

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