Russia became the single most important market for Norwegian seafood in 2012, reads the export overview presented by Norwegian Seafood Council on Thursday.
The export to Russia had a value of NOK 6 billion (€823 million) up around 15 percent from 2011. France is the second most important market for Norwegian seafood, with an export value of NOK 4,9 billion (€672 million).
It is not difficult to see the reason for the popularity of salmon and trout when walking around in Murmansk, Moscow or St. Petersburg. Sushi bars are popping up all over. If you think shashlik or borsch is the national course, you might reconsider that fact after visiting restaurants and bars in today’s urban areas.
Norway sold 29,000 tons more salmon to Russia in 2012 than the previous year, in total 120,000 tons. The increase in sales of trout was even more, up 60 percent from 2011 to 2012. More than half of all Norwegian trout export now goes to Russia.
Russia plans to resume testing of the submarine-launched ballistic missile Bulava this summer. The country’s two newest strategic nuclear-powered submarines will start trials as soon as the ice conditions in the White Sea will allow.
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TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
More than 900 reindeer die of hunger on the Russian Arctic island of Kolguyev following a critical lack of available local pasturelands. The reindeer stocks in the area are too badly managed, regional authorities admit.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.