Global Fishery Forum to discuss fishing industry development strategy

The ‘A New Development Strategy for Russia’s Fisheries Industry’ conference will be held on 15 September as part of the Global Fishery Forum business programme.

The discussion will be attended by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, Russian Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Federal Agency for Fisheries Director Ilya Shestakov, Arkhangelsk Region Governor Igor Orlov, Sakhalin Region Governor Oleg Kozhemyako, BAADER Managing Owner Petra Baader, President of the All-Russian Association of Fish Breeders, Entrepreneurs and Exporters (VARPE) German Zverev, Okeanrybflot General Director Yevgeny Novoselov, Aquaculture Union President Yury Kitashin, Russian Sturgeon Farmers Union President Alexander Novikov, Russian Export Center Director External Relations and Communications Director Vera Podguzova, South Kuril Fishery Plant General Director Konstantin Korobkov, United Shipbuilding Corporation Marketing and Sales Department Director Dmitry Pryakhin as well as other representatives of the industry and the scientific community.

The conference will feature a presentation of the development strategy for the national fisheries industry over the period until 2030, which was developed by the Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries and the expert community in 2016 with an emphasis on the rational and efficient use of the World Ocean’s national reserves and resources.

The Russian Federation is the world’s fourth largest producer of aquatic biological resources. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the total global fish catch last year amounted to 93.4 million tonnes. The top three countries are China, Indonesia, and the United States.

In 2016, Russian fishermen caught a record volume of fish for the past 20 years with more than 4.7 million tonnes of aquatic biological resources, a 5% increase from 2015. According to updated data from the Federal State Statistics Service, Russia manufactured more than 4 million tonnes of fish and related products in Russia, or 5.2% more than the previous year.

The strategy aims to alter the internal structure of production and shift away from focusing on raw material exports. The strategic programmes could attract an additional RUB 600 billion of private investments to the industry from 2018 to 2025, double the fishery industry’s contribution to national GDP, renovate more than half of the fishing fleet, and increase the share of products with high added value to 30%.

The speakers will discuss Russia’s unique opportunities to attract foreign investment to the industry. The agenda includes an assessment of the prospects for the global fish industry’s key markets, including salmon, mariculture, and biotechnology. A list of recommendations to update the document will be prepared based on the results of the conference.

The Global Fishery Forum & International Exhibition for Fishery, Seafood and Knowhow will be held on 14–16 September in St. Petersburg at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex. The Forum’s business programme consists of a plenary session, conferences, and 7 panel sessions.