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The fish is waiting!

Did the drop in the price tag for frozen fish in the wholesale segment affect retail prices?

The fish is waiting!

Alexander Saveliev

Head of the Fisheries Information Agency

Rosrybolovstvo reported a decrease in the price of frozen fish in the wholesale segment of the domestic market. In Eastern Russia, the cost of pink salmon decreased by 2,2% to 110 rubles per kg, the cost of chum salmon - by 2,4% to 200 rubles, salmon - by 2,2% to 450 rubles.

However, ordinary buyers do not go to wholesale warehouses, but buy fish in retail. In one of the cheapest stores in Moscow, pink salmon are sold at 230 rubles per kg, chum salmon - at 379 rubles, sockeye salmon - at 692 rubles.

“In the North-West of Russia, 2,5%, to 78 rubles per kg, fell in price for Atlantic herring due to increased supplies from the field and increased competition compared to lower prices for Pacific herring in the regions of consumption. Prices for other popular types of frozen fish were stable, ”added Rosrybolovstvo.

Pacific herring in a “cheap” Moscow store costs 129 rubles per kg. The retail price of red caviar ranges from 2 000 to 3 900 rubles per kg. The “stability” of prices for other popular types of frozen fish can be judged from the pictures. 

In the Far East, the situation is similar, but slightly better. So, in a popular retail network in Khabarovsk, one kg of chum salmon will cost almost 150 rubles, for 95 grams of caviar you will have to pay 249 rubles, and for 500 grams - 1 rubles.

According to the “Technical regulation for the safety of fish and fish products”, producers are obliged to inform buyers about three fundamental issues: what kind of fish (its exact name), where it was caught (exact coordinates of the fishing area) or grown (exact coordinates of the aquatic farm) and when (exact date when the fish was removed from the water). There is no detailed information, which suggests that the Technical Regulations in Russia are not working and there are wide opportunities for falsifying fish and deceiving consumers.

In general, over five years, fish has risen in price more than two times, and consumption has fallen to the level of the 60 of the last century - up to 12,9 kg on average per person, which is almost two times lower than the healthy diet recommended by the Ministry of Health.

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