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Sakhalin redirected fish exports to the domestic market
This year, the Sakhalin region sent the entire 6 thousand tons of fish to the external market compared to last year’s 280 thousand tons, the press service of the Federal Agency for Fishery informs.
Sakhalin Region reduced fish exports and redirected supplies to the domestic market in connection with Russia's embargo on imports from Western countries, said Sakhalin Oblast Governor Alexander Khoroshavin.
Since August 7, Russia has restricted the import of a number of goods from countries that have imposed sanctions on Moscow for the year: the USA, the EU states, Canada, Australia and Norway. Under the ban came, including fish. Later, goods that for one reason or another were difficult to replace, including salmon and trout fry, were excluded from the list.
"If the year is fishy, then about 40% of products are sent to the domestic market, if the year is not fishy, then 60%. This was the case before this year. This year we practically do not export products. We would certainly not want to lose external markets, but there is a question of import substitution, filling the domestic market, so we send the bulk of fish products to the domestic market, "Khoroshavin told reporters.
According to him, in 2013, the Sakhalin region sent 280 for export thousands of tons of fish for a total of about 500 million dollars. At the same time, as of October 2014, the entire 6 thousand tons went to the external market.