One Russia’s largest crab fishing companies, Russian Crab, reports that for the first half of 2020, its fleet landed 6398 tonnes of crab – roughly half of this year’s 12,970 tonne quotas for a variety of crab species.
Russian Crab Group’s director general Dmitry Trubnikov commented that despite the pandemic-related restrictions, there is a demand for live products in South Korea and China. In the first half of the year, these two countries accounted for 56% and 42% of the company’s export deliveries.
“Russian Crab is making every effort to minimise the impact of the situation with COVID-19 on fishing and production in general. We monitor the health of all staff, regularly test for coronavirus, and are observing enhanced security measures,” he said.
In June, the company’s Sartang was the first to fish for the Kamchatka crab in the North Okhotsk Sea Subzone and made the first major delivery of the 2020 fishery to the Asian market. Russian Crab exports both live and frozen cooked products to China, South Korea, Japan and the USA.
As part of the investment programme, Russian Crab is working on its fleet renewal, with the keel of the first new crab catcher laid at the Onega Shipbuilding and Shiprepair Plant, which is already cutting steel for the second in the series.