KYIV. July 23 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Fish catch in Ukrainian water basins (inland water basins and seas) totaled 19,200 tonnes in January-June 2015, which is 30.2% up year-over-year.
The State Fishing Agency reported on Wednesday that 13,300 tonnes of fish was caught in the Azov and Black Sea basin, which is 62.7% up year-over-year. The upward pace was achieved thanks to the increase of catch of Black Sea sprat (5,540 tonnes, a rise of 42% year-over-year), gobies (6,300 tonnes, a rise of 84%) and silver carp (2,594 tonnes, a rise of 146%).
Total fish catch (Ukrainian water basins and ocean fish catch) did not change compared to 2014: 35,096 tonnes in 2014 and 35,058 tonnes in 2015.
Ukraine boosted krill catch in ocean: it almost doubled, from 7,100 tonnes to 13,400 tonnes in 2015.
Fish catch in inland water basins of Ukraine fell by 10% year-over-year, to 5,900 tonnes.
Production of fish products fell by 22.8%, to 27,500 tonnes, which is linked to the decline in buying power and supplies of imported fish.