11 Feb 2010 16:42

Russia reduces fish imports for first time in 10 yrs while increasing fish exports

MOSCOW. Feb 11 (Interfax) - In 2009, Russia lowered the import of fish for the first time in 10 years while increasing its export, the head of Rosrybolovstvo's PR department, Alexander Saveliev, told Interfax.

Saveliev said that the import of fish and other fisheries products dropped last year by 30%. Total exports, however, increased by 470%. "This drop in imports was posted for the first time in ten years," he stressed.

According to customs statistics, the import of fresh and frozen fish decreased to 794,500 tonnes in 2009 from 881,100 tonnes in 2008.

Saveliev said that fish exports last year same to 1.37 million tonnes.