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In Russia there is a big catch of pink salmon: will the retail prices of the fish go down?

Date: May 27, 2024 Time: 18:26:36

Fish prices in Russia have risen above inflation

Photo: Nikolay OBEREMCHENKO

Monday started with good economic news. The All-Russian Association of Fisheries Companies, Entrepreneurs and Exporters (VARPE) reported that the sales price of pink salmon reached its lowest since June 25, 2022. And now it costs an average of 152 rubles per kg. This is a low not only compared to 2022, but also compared to 2021.

“Since the start of the fishing season (the period of intensive fishing – Ed.), the price of pink salmon has decreased by 1.7 times,” said VARPE President German Zverev. – One of the factors that influenced this was the success of Putin. As of September 5, 2023, Pacific salmon catches in the Far East exceeded 572,000 tonnes, the highest figure in the last five years. And Putin is not done yet. The volume of catches also affected the production of fishery products. This season, close to 2 million tons have already been processed, 10% more than in the same period of 2022.

It is curious that the price of fish, particularly pink salmon, can vary greatly during the summer. For example, at the beginning of the season (July), when the volume of supply on the market was just forming, the selling price was 350 rubles per kg. Now it is half that amount. And, according to experts, that is not the limit.

It would seem that the more fish, the lower its cost in stores. But ordinary shoppers haven’t noticed the price cut yet.

– Yesterday I was at the fish shelf of one of the largest retail chains. I haven’t noticed a price drop. And in the last six months they have grown significantly,” the president of the Consumers Union of Russia, Pyotr Shelishch, told KP. – I look forward to its reduction with interest and hope, because so far all the declared intentions have not been reflected in the price tags. But I would like it to be so, fish is very expensive. According to official Rosstat statistics, the prices of fishery products increased by 6.5% during the year. At the same time, frozen whole fish increased by 8.5%. This is higher than inflation!

The Fisheries Union previously announced that the first freshly caught Pacific salmon will be supplied to federal retail chains in the fall under the Kamchatka Fish project.

“The catches will come directly from the fishermen, which will reduce the cost of red fish by 10% to 25%,” said the head of the Fisheries Union, Alexander Panin.

Well, let’s wait.

ONLY NUMBERS

3.7 million tons – this is the volume of Russian fish catches since the beginning of 2023. This is 12% more than last year.

About 76% of the catches occurred in the Far East.

Production by main types:

– haddock – 1.6 million tons (+6.5% compared to last year)

– Pacific salmon – 0.6 million tons (+146.3%)

– Pacific herring – 0.3 million tons (-13.7%)

– Sardine Iwashi – 0.1 million tons (+64%)

– cod – 0.3 million tons (-19.6%)

– sprats – 32 thousand tons (+8.8%)

– sprat – 24.8 thousand tons (+34.1%)

– Baltic herring (herring) – 19 thousand tons (+13.8%)

– anchovy – 8.5 thousand tons (-28%)

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.
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