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18 July 2012

Pollock Catches Increased In Northern Kuriles

Stock increases, demand flat...

During the first half of 2012 more than 216 thousand MT of fish and
seafood was catched in the Sakhalin-Kuril region, and catches of
pollock showed a notable increase compared to 2011, particularly in
North-Kuril region.
In June 51 thousand MT of aquatic bio-resources where caught by
fisheries in Sakhalin and Kuril Islands. The largest contribution to
the total catch was traditionally provided by Alaska Pollock (27
thousand MT).
West Sakhalin subzone contributed still minimal
among all the fishing areas, just 0.7 thousand MT. Fishermen caught
416 MT of flounder, 141 MT of pollock and 89 MT of sea urchins.
In the East Sakhalin subzone the intensity of fishing decreased due to
end of pollock fishing season. It was caught 3 thousand MT against 12
thousand MT in May.
However, in the South Kuril area with its high reserves of pollock the
results are far better: in June fisheries supplied to buyers nearly 12
thousand MT of this fish.
In general, in the first six months over 216 thousand MT of aquatic
bio-resources was produced in Sakhalin-Kuril region, which is 40
thousand MT more compared to the same period of 2011. Catches of
pollock still make a main part of it: 138 thousand MT, or plus 29
thousand MT compared to last year.
As for forecast for the second half of 2012, significant changes in
structure of catches and production growth are expected. This is
primarily due to the salmon fishing season results, as well as start
of Pacific saury fishing. However, scientists also presume an increase
of pollock catches since their intensity traditionally rises by the
end of the year.

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