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Russia’s value-added seafood exports jump 30% on increased fillet, minced production

Growth was driven by fillets and minced fish production.

Russia's exports of value-added seafood products increased nearly 30 percent in the nine months through September, according to preliminary data from new statistics from Rosstat.

Exports of fish fillets and minced fish jumped 27 percent compared with the same period in 2017, reaching 103,000 metric tons.

The country’s overall seafood exports amounted to 1.65 million metric tons through September, up 1 percent over the same time last year.

Frozen, unprocessed fish still account for the bulk of Russia’s overall seafood exports at 84 percent, and fell to 1.4 million metric tons through September.

Exports of crustaceans, mollusks and other invertebrates also climbed 2.4 percent to 85,000 metric tons through September.

However, exports of ready-to-eat and canned fish dropped 4.4 percent to 12,500 metric tons.

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