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How much is a fish?

Alexander Saveliev is interested

How much is a fish?
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Alexander Saveliev

Head of the Fisheries Information Agency

«According to the Norwegian Seafood Council, in January 2019, the country exported 4700 tons of fresh cod, including scrim, for a total of 227 million crowns. On an annualized basis, sales fell by 16 percent or 900 tons, while the cost remained at the same level as last year. ”

«Chuo Gyorui Co., LTD, 11 February 2019, the following prices for shrimp were recorded at the auctions at the central wholesale market of Toyosu (Tokyo, Japan). ” And further in the table: live shrimps KURUMA SHRIMP (Penaeus japonicus Bate), origin, sales, maximum price, average and minimum.

«Between such and such and such and such February 2019, sales at the Portland Fish Auction were £ 29. Portland Fish Exchange, following the results of the auction the following prices for fish products were fixed ”. And, for example, the hake is large, medium, small, the price is maximum, average, minimum.

«Fresh Atlantic cod skrey (Norway), H&G (headless and gutted), price on FOB Oslo terms in the 6th week of 2019 - NOK 52.87 per 1 kg. "

I foresee the question: what is it?

This is regular information resources,,, and and many others that allow both businesses and consumers of seafood to navigate the sea prices.

We, unfortunately, do not have this.

And who in Russia would decide to divide a hake by the maximum size, average and minimum?

Our fish is often not divided into species. Just - white or red. Pollack for cod is not slipped - and thanks for that!

But in The Ministry of Agriculture already has two departments: regulating the markets of the agro-industrial complex and regulation in the field of fisheries and aquaculture (fish farming)!

What do you think they do?

And I do not know. Well, certainly not regulation! At least, the results of the regulation of the same fish market are not visible at all.

Maybe a set of measures and actions for corrections and the establishment of economic processes is still an impossible task for the domestic regulator, but at least it is possible to monitor, watch the prices of seafood products? We would have learned something useful for ourselves.

Let's say this message: "Traditionally, high imports of seafood to China due to the fact that there is a huge processing industry, which imports raw fish and seafood from around the world, and then processes it for re-export. However, as noted by experts of the Far Eastern Center for Regional Studies, in recent years there has been a significant increase in purchases directly for domestic consumption, as the growing surge of the middle class in the country has caused strong demand for safe food from abroad and fish caught in the wild. ”

For us, this means that the export of Russian fish to China will only increase and, accordingly, our fish caught in the wild in Russia will remain less and less.

Or, say, the introduction of veterinary electronic certification "Mercury" and the EAEU Technical Regulations on the safety of fish and fish products. What opportunities do innovations open for us, ordinary fish buyers? How can we use it?

While it is not clear.

So far it is clear that all our knowledge of the fish market, like a hundred, and three hundred years ago, is reduced to a commonplace question at the counter: how much is a fish?
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