An Interview with H.E. Ilya Shestakov

Your Excellency, at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in December 2018, you said that fish production exceeded 5 million tonnes in 2018, an almost 6% increase from the previous year, and that this trend has continued since 2014. The record salmon catch in the Far East – 676,000 tonnes, which is attributed to “regulatory measures”, made a significant contribution to the total catch volume. Could you explain to our readers who are not familiar with Russian fishing what these measures consisted of as well as other factors that could contribute to a record increase in the salmon catch?