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New Russian hatchery would end import dependence

Russian authorities plan to decrease import dependence on trout fingerlings and fish eggs by building a state-of-the-art hatchery in the Republic of Karelia.

July 27, 2018  By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The new hatchery has yet to be named, but it will be designed to produce 10 million trout fingerlings and 15 million fish eggs per year. It is hoped that the hatchery will meet the current Russian demand in these products by at least 80%, driving further growth in the industry. The project will cost is Rub1 billion ($17 million).

Karelia is producing 75% of the farmed trout in Russia, importing six million trout fingerlings and about 18 to 20 million fish eggs per year from the U.S., Europe and South Africa, said Igor Pepelyaev, chairman of the fish department of the regional Agricultural Ministry.

By 2025 it is forecasted that Karelia will increase the production of trout by nearly 30%. To some extent this goal will be achieved through the planned new hatchery slated to be built by 2020 and reach the designed production performance several years after.

The hatchery will be state-owned and operated by the regional authorities. Construction is expected to begin in the coming months, as soon as the project passes a government expert review.

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