Economy
Over 9 tons of fish produced in Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area in 2016
© RIA Novosti. Evgenia Novozhenina

Over 9 tons of fish produced in Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area in 2016

In 2016, Yamal fishermen caught 9,892 metric tons of fish, according to the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area's website. The total harvest of all fishing companies and fish farms exceeded the 2015 yield by 1,280 metric tons.

With muksun and nelma banned from fishing and other whitefish limited by quotas, codfish and other small fish accounted for 60 percent of the harvest. Due to the ban, the fishing companies increased the volume of these types of fish in the harvest. This required changing their equipment and looking for new fishing locations.

"This has resulted in an increase in the volume of these bioresources, which, in turn, will provide for a larger food supply for more valuable fish," the report states.

The local government is investing in a fleet of river-sea refrigerated vessels to develop shoreline and offshore fishing in the Kara Sea. This effort is to expand the fish harvest and supply the public, contribute to higher fish processing volumes and, subsequently, increase the revenues of the Yamal fishing industry.