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Jul 19 - Russian Ban on Transhipping on Foreign Vessels Could Cripple Fishing Industry


Jul 11 - Russian Ex-senator Alexander Verkhovsky Becomes Second Largest Fishery Quota Holder


Jul 6 - Rosrybolovstvo Makes Second Attempt to Set Up State Sponsored Chain of Low-Priced Fish Stores


Jun 8 - RFC to Get 170,000 ton Investment Quota; Plans Six New Surimi, Pollock Block Trawlers


Jun 7 - McDowell Study Highlights Inshore Processing in Western Ak; Shows Vulnerability to Climate Change


Jun 6 - June Alaska Fishing Updates: Tough Start for Salmon Season


Jun 4 - Impacts of Acidic Oceans Revealed on Key Alaska Species


May 30 - Russian Government Considers Ban of At-Sea Processing Discharges in Domestic Waters


May 25 - Russian Fishery Company Plans New Fish Processor 'Russian Pollock' in the Far East


May 14 - Russia Plans to Lift Restriction on Bering Sea Pollock, Cod Catch This Year


May 9 - Russian Fishery Co. to Build Big Cod Plant on Barents Sea if they get Quota


Apr 30 - Trans-Ocean Products Names Kansas Company its 2017 Broker of the Year


Apr 23 - On Eve of Brussels Show, Russian Pollock Producers Promise Market War in Europe


Apr 18 - US Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank Waiting on MSC Final Consultation for Haddock, Pollock and Redfish


Apr 11 - Russian Fishery Company Plans New 60,000 ton Value-Added Pollock Plant near Vladivostok


Apr 4 - April Mixed for Alaska Fisheries, Sitka Herring Slumps, but Southeast Tanner Crab was Good


Mar 27 - Russian Fishery Company (RFC) Joins GSSI as Second Russian Partner


Mar 15 - Russia Postpones Distribution of Pollock Investment Quotas; Move May Favor Largest Companies


Mar 2 - Russian Fishery (RRPK) Aims to be World's Largest Pollock Producer With 7 New Trawlers, 2 Plants


Feb 28 - Trident Brings Its Fork & Fin Food Truck to UW, Students Line up for Pollock Tacos, Fish & Chips


Feb 27 - US Foods Spring Scoop Product Launch Features Shrimp, Salmon, Tuna and Pollock


Feb 26 - Russian Oligarch to Take 90% Control of Russian Fishery Co., Controlling Pollock Production


Feb 21 - White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider, Shrimp Nibblers For Lent


Feb 14 - Arby's Adds Nashville Hot Fish Pollock Fillet to Menu as Lent Begins


Feb 6 - More Russian Oligarchs Flooding into Fisheries With Aim to Buy Quota


Jan 31 - Restaurants Start their Seasonal Roll out of Seafood for Lent


Jan 30 - Russian Fishery Tries to Get Murmansk Cod Trawlers After Rival Accused of Having Foreign Ownership


Jan 18 - Russian Pollock Producers Again Vow to Focus more on Domestic Market


Jan 15 - South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia


Jan 3 - Russia Forecasts Significant Pollock Harvest Increase in Sea of Okhotsk This Year


Dec 27 - Russian Crab Industry Facing Work Force, Production Declines Due to Quota Auctions


Dec 13 - Russia will Expand Pollock to 2 Million Tons of Production Next Year; Aims to Undercut US on Price


Dec 13 - Are Bering Sea Cod and Pollock Shifting Northward?


Nov 22 - AFDF Announces Winners of 2017 Alaska Symphony of Seafood Contest


Nov 9 - Gorton’s Seafood Teams Up With SeaShare To Donate Pollock to Hurricane Victims


Nov 9 - LED Lights Show Promise for Decreasing Salmon Bycatch in West Coast Whiting Fishery


Oct 23 - Russia to Increase Tax Burden on Domestic Fishing Industry


Oct 11 - Russian Fish Producers Prepare for Redistribution of Fish Quotas


Sep 22 - Russian Fishing Profits Fall in 2017; Industry on Verge of Financial Crisis


Aug 30 - Russian Defense Company Will Get 36,000 Tons Pollock Quota as Part of Bid to Build Shore Factory


Aug 25 - Studies Show How Acidic Oceans are Affecting Alaska Species


Aug 2 - Alaska Fishing Season Booming With Salmon, Pollock, Cod and More


Aug 1 - Russia May Cut Pollock Exports This Year


Jul 24 - Russian Fish Co. to Expand Sales of Single Frozen Pollock to Domestic Market, Citing Weakness in EU


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Russian Ban on Transhipping on Foreign Vessels Could Cripple Fishing Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - July 29, 2018

The Russian fishing industry is on the verge of serious losses, due to the recent national Federal Security Service (FSB) warnings to fishing companies about new requirements limiting foreign transport ships and tenders.

The introduction of these new requirements have already been confirmed by the All-Russian Association of Fishermen (VARPE), a public association that unites some leading Russian fish producers.

Previously, such requirements were not imposed if the foreign vessel had the right to operate under the Russian flag and was ...

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Russian Ex-senator Alexander Verkhovsky Becomes Second Largest Fishery Quota Holder

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - July 11, 2018

The largest deal since 2013 was officially closed on the Russian fish market Tuesday. The Sakhalin Island company, a Russian fish producer owned by ex-senator Alexander Verkhovsky, acquired the Preobrazhensky Base of Trawl Fleet (PBTF), one of Russia’s largest fish producers, from the family of Sakhalin governors Oleg Kozhemyaka.

The deal, which is estimated at US $430 million, made Verkhovsky the second largest holder of fishing quotas in Russia after the Norebo Group (Karat), which ...

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RFC to Get 170,000 ton Investment Quota; Plans Six New Surimi, Pollock Block Trawlers

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews]  June 8 2018

The Russian Fishery Company (RFC) announced it will receive 170,000 tons of pollock and herring quota under the terms of the Russian investment quota program.

The program supports the construction of fishing vessels and fish processing facilities by awarding the investors with significant quota.

RFC and the Federal Agency for Fishery recently signed the agreements on securing and providing the Company with more than 170,000 tons of Pollock and Herring quota once six trawlers-processors and on-shore fish processing factory are commissioned...

 

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June Alaska Fishing Updates: Tough Start for Salmon Season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - June 6, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Salmon gets off to a slow start with other fisheries going on across the state.

It’s been a tough start so for Alaska’s salmon season.

Fisheries are set to open throughout the month and they will hopefully fare better than at Copper River.

Fishing for sockeyes and kings has been so poor there that only three openers have occurred so far, down by half. At first it seemed like ...

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Russian Government Considers Ban of At-Sea Processing Discharges in Domestic Waters

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - May 30, 2018

The Russian government, together with the Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo), plans to toughen controls of seafood discharges overboard caught by both domestic and foreign fishermen operating in Russian territorial waters, according to recent statements of some senior officials in the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and Rosrybolovstvo.

According to a spokesman of Dmitry Patrushev, a newly appointed Minister of Agriculture and a son of Nikolay Patrushev (head of Russian State Security Council, who is reportedly close to Russian President Putin), in recent years the number of ...

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Russia Plans to Lift Restriction on Bering Sea Pollock, Cod Catch This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - May 14, 2018

Russia plans to increase its total allowable catch of pollock and cod in the Bering Sea this year, due to the increasing volumes of production by the U.S. fishermen, according to sources in the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency (Rosrybolovstvo) and Russian scientific institutions in the field of fish and aquaculture.

So far, the imbalance between Russia and the U.S. in terms of pollock catch in the region has already reached ...

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Trans-Ocean Products Names Kansas Company its 2017 Broker of the Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 30, 2018

Trans-Ocean Products, Inc., producers of the top-selling retail brand of surimi seafood in the U.S., according to a press release, recently announced Scherzer & Associations of Overland Park, Kan., has been named the company’s Broker of the Year for 2017.

Scherzer & Associates company president Jeff Scherzer and the entire team were recognized by Trans-Ocean for their support in helping grow Trans-Ocean’s sales through exceptional account management and new business efforts that drove increased market share for the Crab Classic, Jaiba Supremo and ...

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US Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank Waiting on MSC Final Consultation for Haddock, Pollock and Redfish Trawl Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 18, 2018

The U.S. Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank haddock, pollock and redfish trawl fishery are one step closer to receiving Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

A determination was reached by certification body Acoura Marine Ltd., who found that the fishery should be certified “according to the MSC Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fisheries.” However, the fishery must wait until the final consultation period has concluded before receiving their official MSC certification ...

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April Mixed for Alaska Fisheries, Sitka Herring Slumps, but Southeast Tanner Crab was Good

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio With Laine Welch] - April 4, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch --- Lots of fishing updates and salmon is just weeks away! 

April has brought a mixed bag so far for several Alaska fisheries, starting with a big slump in herring hauls at Sitka Sound. 

The fishery had openers on March 25 and 26 and managers closed it all down on April 3 when the bulk of the herring size and quality was just not up to snuff. The total harvest of 2,800 tons is down by ...

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Russia Postpones Distribution of Pollock Investment Quotas; Move May Favor Largest Companies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - March 15, 2018

The Russian government has postponed distribution of investment quotas on the catch of pollock and herring this year until at least the middle of 2019, due to the lack of applications and bidders, according to some sources in the Russian Rosrybolovstvo and Russian leading fish producers.

Such a decision, however, has already been criticized by some Russian fish producers. Those producers say the move was taken to appease a few ...

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Trident Brings Its Fork & Fin Food Truck to UW, Students Line up for Pollock Tacos, Fish & Chips

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Peggy Parker - February 28, 2018

SEATTLE, WA -- Trident Seafood’s food truck The Fork & Fin looks a little like an English pub with a black and white awning and hand-lettered signs. “Meet Cod's Delicious Cousin: Alaska Pollock!” cheers one poster next to what could only be described as the trucks family crest -- a crossed pollock and sea trident over a banner that says “Wild Alaska Seafood”.

Yesterday and tomorrow, on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington, The Fork & Fin will be handing ...

 

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Russian Oligarch to Take 90% Control of Russian Fishery Co., Controlling Pollock Production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerdern - February 26, 2018

Gleb Frank, a son-in-law of Gennady Timchenko, a Russian billionaire and friend of Russia President Vladimir Putin, will become a new main owner of Russian Fishery Company (RRPK), Russia’s leading fish producer.

The change will take place through the consolidation of a controlling stake in the company and the purchase of a share of Maxim Vorobyov, the brother of the Moscow region governor, another major shareholder and co-founder of RRPK.

According to Russian Ministry of Agriculture data, Frank currently owns ...

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Arby's Adds Nashville Hot Fish Pollock Fillet to Menu as Lent Begins

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 14, 2018

Things are heating up at Arby’s. The quick-service fast food chain has a new item on their menu – Nashville Hot Fish.

The Nashville Hot Fish sandwich is Arby’s “twist” on the Nashville hot chicken craze. The sandwich features a fried wild-caught Alaskan pollock fillet that’s coated with a blend of cayenne pepper, paprika, salt and garlic powder. The fillet is served on a sesame seed bun and topped with dill pickles, shredded lettuce and ...

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Restaurants Start their Seasonal Roll out of Seafood for Lent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 31, 2018

Lent begins on February 14, and some restaurant chains are already starting to roll out new seafood offerings for those that participate in the religious observance.

Catholics who observe Lent refrain from eating meat on Fridays, as well as Ash Wednesday, which falls on Valentine’s Day this year. To cater to the needs of customers, Bojangles, a Southeastern fast food chain that specializes in chicken, has brought back for a limited time their ...

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Russian Pollock Producers Again Vow to Focus more on Domestic Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - January 18, 2018

Leading Russian pollock producers plan to significantly reduce the volumes of processing of their catch at Chinese factories this year despite the existing lack of capacities in the domestic market.

According to Andrew Teterkin, CEO of the Russian Fishery Company -- until recently one of Russia’s leading producers of whitefish -- China had cheap labor, which allowed RFC to supply the majority of pollock to Chinese factories, where it was further processed by manual labor to fillets and ...

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Russia Forecasts Significant Pollock Harvest Increase in Sea of Okhotsk This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - January 3, 2018

Russia forecasts a significant increase of pollock catch in the Sea of Okhotsk this year that will contribute to the overall increase of pollock production in the country in 2018, according to recent statements of leading Russian scientists in the field of fish production and experts of Rosrybolovstvo.

According to the latest Rosrybolovstvo forecasts, the current pollock reserves in the Sea of Okhotsk are significantly higher than their long term average, with a tendency for growth.

Total pollock stock ...

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Rosrybolovstvo Makes Second Attempt to Set Up State Sponsored Chain of Low-Priced Fish Stores

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - July 6, 2018

Russian Rosrybolovstvo plans to establish a network of seafood stores in Russia, with the aim to ensure local citizens have regular access to fish and seafood and sold at affordable prices, according to an official spokesman of a Ilya Shestakov, head of Rosrybolovstvo, and recent statements of some senior officials of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture.

The first store is scheduled to open in August or September this year in Murmansk ...

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McDowell Study Highlights Inshore Processing in Western Ak; Shows Vulnerability to Climate Change

SEAFODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – June 7, 2018

A recent McDowell Group study on the economic impact of inshore processing of BSAI groundfish and crab revealed an important truth about Alaska Fisheries:  both companies and the state as a whole prosper from diversification.

Although pollock is by far the largest component species by volume, and also the largest single driver of revenue, the contribution of non-pollock species to the processing sector in Unalaska and other communities is vital economically.

The report suggests that if a number of stocks fall off...

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Impacts of Acidic Oceans Revealed on Key Alaska Species

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - June 4, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch. Latest lab results show impacts of acid oceans on key Alaska species.

The chemistry showing that our oceans are becoming more acidic can’t be denied.  So how does all that absorption of increasing carbon dioxide affect some key Alaska fisheries?

“The direct effect of carbon dioxide increase may be the pH effect on the ability of a pollock or cod to grow or to have gas exchange across the gill membranes ...

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Russian Fishery Company Plans New Fish Processor 'Russian Pollock' in the Far East

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 25, 2018

Russian Pollock LLC and the Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo) signed an agreement recently that will result in the investment and construction of a new seafood processor in the Far East this year.

The agreement will provide the company with a share of quota of procurement (catch) of aquatic biological resources provided for investment purposes in the field of fishing, according to a press release. Ivan Osadchy, CEO for Strategic Planning and Business Development of RFC, and  ...

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Russian Fishery Co. to Build Big Cod Plant on Barents Sea if they get Quota

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Eugene Gerden - May 9, 2018

The largest pollock producer, Russian Fishery Company (RRPK), together with "Agama Group of Companies", another large fish processor, plan to build a new coastal processing plant in the Russian Northern Basin, that will specialize on the processing of cod and haddock, according to the partners.

The project will be implemented by "Russian Cod", which is a fishing enterprise,  based in Murmansk, and which was specially established by the partners for the project ...

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On Eve of Brussels Show, Russian Pollock Producers Promise Market War in Europe

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] By Eugene Gerden - April 23, 2018

The vice-president of the Russian Pollock Association (RPA), Alexei Buglak, says that Russian producers expect low prices to help them continue to rapidly expand their share of single frozen pollock markets in Europe.

He says that the US media and US pollock producers have continued their attacks on Russian pollock, especially since the fishery achieved MSC certification in 2013.

He said the pressure on Russian fisherman has significantly increased after granting ...

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Russian Fishery Company Plans New 60,000 ton Value-Added Pollock Plant near Vladivostok

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 11, 2018

The Russian Fishery Company (RFC) plans to start construction of a shore-based pollock processing factory in 2018. The processing capacity of the factory will be more than 60,000 tons with an output of 25,000 tons of high value-added products.

The Company plans to put the factory into operation in 2020.

The "Russian Pollock" processing factory will be located at the Nadezhdinskaya Priority Development Territory close to Vladivostok, Russia.

The factory will be equipped with modern high-tech equipment and ...

 

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Russian Fishery Company (RFC) Joins GSSI as First Russian Partner

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews]  March 27, 2018

The Russian Fishery Company has joined GSSI as its second major funding partner from Russia. Norebo, another Russian whitefish company, is also a member of GSSI.  Norebo was formerly known as Ocean Trawlers.

GSSI, the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative, was developed by a global partnership of seafood producers and major retail and foodservice buyers, to provide a benchmark tool across the many sustainabiity certifications.  GSSI members rely on the benchmark to certify equivalence among sustainability certifications.

The Russian Fishery Company is the largest harvester of pollock in Russia, and 3rd largest in the world. They have 14 large fishing vessels equipped with modern fishing and processing equipment and have been in the forefront of the conversion of Russian production from H&G fish for twice frozen processing to single frozen blocks produced at sea, and sold in international pollock markets.

“For GSSI to truly provide an international, multi-stakeholder platform for collaboration and knowledge exchange in seafood sustainability, it is imperative that we have global representation..

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Russian Fishery (RRPK) Aims to be World's Largest Pollock Producer With 7 New Trawlers, 2 Plants

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  March 2, 2018

Russian Fishery (RRPK) company plans to become the world leading producer of pollock in the coming years through a significant increase of its catch.

The company has recently signed contracts for the construction of seven large-capacity fish trawlers, that will be operated in the Russian Far East.

RRPK has already received investment quotas under these trawlers, which means the company will be able to start pollock fishing with the help of these ships immediately after their commissioning.

In addition, in October 2017 RRPK confirmed it plans to build two fish processing plants in order to receive additional investment quotas. The sites in Vladivostok and Murmansk with a maximum capacity of 160 tons of products per day will allow the RRPK to obtain the right to catch up to 50,000 tons of pollock, herring and cod.

Already this year the company plans to catch about 60% of Far Eastern pollock,..

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US Foods Spring Scoop Product Launch Features Shrimp, Salmon, Tuna and Pollock

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 27, 2018

The first day of spring is not until March 20, but US Foods has released their 2018 Spring Scoop product line, which highlights 29 new products that are part of their Serve Good Program.

The Serve Good Program was launched in 2016 to meet the growing demands for responsible menu options . The program initially started with 24 products, but now features over 300 products that are not only responsibly sourced, but use packaging that is ...

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White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider, Shrimp Nibblers For Lent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 21, 2018

The Lenten season kicked off on February 14, boosting sales of seafood at restaurants for those that observe. To coincide with Lent, hamburger chain White Castle is bringing back two of their seafood favorites – the Seafood Crab Cake Slider and Shrimp Nibblers.

“At White Castle, we’ve been innovators since 1921, when we started the first fast-food chain,” Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle, said in a press release. “Last year, we were again a leader by ...

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More Russian Oligarchs Flooding into Fisheries With Aim to Buy Quota

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerdern - February 6, 2018

Natalia Panchenko, one of Russia’s richest women, together with her partner Efim Malkin have announced their plans for the establishment of a new, large company in the Russian fishing industry. They also announced plans to claim fish quotas this year.

To date, the partners have officially registered OOO Dalneye as the company that will develop their fishing business.

The volume of investments in the project is currently not disclosed. However, according to some sources close to the investors, it may reach ...

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Russian Fishery Tries to Get Murmansk Cod Trawlers After Rival Accused of Having Foreign Ownership

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - January 30, 2018

The Russian fish industry may have a new leader this year through the acquisition of the FEST Group of Companies, one of the largest fish producers in the Russian Northern Basin (Barents Sea). The Russian Fishery Company (RFC) -- Russia’s second largest fish producer -- hopes to purchase FEST after recent federal investigations.

FEST companies were established in 1997, according to the company's website, and the Murmansk Trawl Fleet was their beginning. RFC also was established in 1997.

The deal between RFC and FEST may be the result of ....

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South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - January 15, 2018

South Korea plans to invest up to USD $500 million in the building of several large-scale factories in Russia that will specialize on the processing of Russian pollock, according to recent statements of a leading Russian fisherman and sources in the Russian Ministry of Agriculture.

New factories that will be built in the Russian Far East will have combined capacity of about 1.4 million to 1.5 million tons of pollock per year. In theory, these ...

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