31 Aug 2009 13:39

Russian fish catch up 11.5% to 2.4 mln tonnes in Jan-Aug

MOSCOW. Aug 31 (Interfax) - Russian fishing organizations increased their catch of fish and other seafood products 11.5%, or by 246,000 tonnes, to 2.393 million tonnes in January-August 2009 compared to the same period of 2008, the State Fisheries Committee said.

In the Far Eastern seas, fishermen caught 1.579 million tonnes of fish in the eight months, up by 173,000 tonnes from the same date of 2008.

The catch in the Bering Sea increased by 30,000 tonnes to 392,000 tonnes in the period.

In the northern and southern Kuril Islands, the catch grew by 45,000 tonnes to 156,000 tonnes.

The fish catch in the Sea of Okhotsk grew by 93,000 tonnes to 1.002 million tonnes.

The Pacific salmon catch grew by 133,000 tonnes to 443,000 tonnes.

The catch in the Barents Sea and the White Sea increased by 95,000 tonnes to 322,000 tonnes in January-August.

In the Baltic Sea, the catch grew by 4,500 tonnes to 29,700 tonnes.

The catch in the Azov and Black seas rose by 8,100 tonnes to 24,700 tonnes.

The fish catch in the Caspian Sea was up by 8,100 tonnes to 24,500 tonnes.

Russian fishermen caught 269,900 tonnes of fish in other countries' zones in the period, or 800 tonnes more than a year ago.

A total of 142,000 tonnes of fish were caught in regions governed by convention and on the high open seas in the period, down by 40,000 tonnes from a year ago.