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Fishery cluster is being formed in Karelia

This was announced at a meeting on the development of aquaculture, which was held today in the regional Government led by Alexander Khudilainen, the Head of Karelia. Denis Belyaev, the head of the Northwest Territorial Administration of the Federal Agency for Fishery, arrived in Karelia to participate in the meeting. The project is being implemented as part of preparations for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Karelia.

According to the data provided at the meeting, in the short term the total volume of fish farming in the Republic may reach 35,000 tons per year. In order to achieve these results, a fishery cluster, consisting of production and infrastructure blocks, is planned to be created. The first of these blocks includes the organization of new fish farms, expansion of production facilities, and workload of the functioning farms. The second one includes the construction of a selection and breeding center, development of feed production, fish processing, and facilities for the production of fish-breeding equipment.

"The decision of the State Commission on preparations for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Karelia declares the development of aquaculture to be one of the strategic directions in our Republic. I hope that the work on creation of the Karelian fishery cluster will go ahead of schedule," Alexander Khudilainen said.

The organization of fish feed production for salmon in Karelia will allow for solving the issues of import substitution. Today the company Karelian Fish Farms-Korma LLC is the local organization that produces fish feeds to supply fish farms within one holding company. The production of up to 2.5 thousand tons of fish feeds per year is planned, after the debugging of technological processes.

The company Parabola Group is planning to implement an investment project of a regional Aquaculture Development Center establishment. One of the main activities of the center will be the construction of a plant for the production of extruded fish feeds and supplements with a productivity rate of up to 50,000 tons per year.

At present, there is an increase in the commercial fish production volume, specifically as a result of the industrial cultivation of rainbow trout grown in cages. Cage culture fishery in Karelia has been actively developed mainly in inland waters - the Ladoga, the Onega, medium lakes, reservoirs, and rivers. The coast of the White Sea has a significant potential for the trout farms siting.

"We suggested that the Vygsky fish farm is a good investment facility. The implementation of this project will provide Karelian fish farmers with seeding, as well as expand the program for the reproduction of valuable fish species, particularly in the Ladoga and Onega lakes," said Denis Belyaev, the head of the Northwest Territorial Administration of the Federal Agency for Fishery, who participated in the meeting.

It should be noted that fish farms are located in almost all metropolitan regions of the Republic and use water areas of 54 bodies of water.

Commercial fish farming is carried out by 55 farms, including four individual entrepreneurs, and there is also one enterprise that carries out sea farming. The total number of workers employed in the field of fish farming is more than 1,000 people. Since 1993, the total volume of fish farming has increased tens of times: from 400 tons to 21,200 tons in 2016.

There is significant potential in the development of aquaculture with the use of enclosed water supply facilities, which, in the long run, will enable the cultivation of valuable warmth-requiring species and the switch to the year-round production of the species of cold water aquaculture typical for the Republic.

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