Fishing vessels operated by the Russian Crab Company landed 2400 tonnes in the first quarter of 2021, 19% up on the figures for the same period a year ago.
At the end of Q1, the group’s landings accounted for 21% of overall crab catches in the Russian Far Eastern region. Between January and March, Russian crab’s fleet fished for opilio snow crab, blue king crab, golden king crab, and horsehair crab in Primorskiy, West Kamchatka and West Bering Sea subzones of the northwestern Pacific.
The company states that it has become a leader in the supply of live crab to the Chinese market, having shipped 835 tons of live opilio snow crab, blue king crab and horsehair crab to buyers in China this year, while also expanding its market reach with an initial shipment of blue king crab to the European Union and initiating a pilot project to supply king crab to the Russian market.
As part of the keel quota investment programme, Russian crab is building a new fleet. Construction has started on a third vivier crabber at the Onega Shipyard, while the Oka Shipyard is at work on the first of the Russian Crab Company’s catcher-processor vessels.