Processing facility built as fish production booms
The quality of trout products produced by the fish farm Fedorenko Nikolai Vladimirovich has repeatedly won gold and silver medals at Russian and international exhibitions. At the beginning of its activities in the Kondopoga in 1990, the volume of commercial fish was only 25 tonnes, whereas by 2018 production volume had grown to 1500 tonnes. In 2009, this entrepreneur opened a fish processing plant equipped with modern technology and a HACCP system.
A group of companies called Karelian Fish Plants, which includes Silver Onegi, Parade Plus, Karelian Fish Plants-PM, and Karelian Fish Plants-Korma, farm rainbow trout in the waters of the southern and central parts of Karelia. The companies have processing facilities equipped with modern technologies for cutting, salting, hot- and cold-smoking of trout, freezing, as well as for production of trout caviar and processing of other farmed fish and seafood. Vertical integration of the group continued with the opening of a fish feed plant in 2017.
The government of the Republic of Karelia has implemented several state support measures aimed at the development of the fisheries and aquaculture industry in the Republic. In 2018, the regional government supported enterprises in the industry with grants for reimbursement of 30% of the cost of purchasing fish processing equipment, creating, reconstructing and upgrading fish breeding activities and specialized lines for production of fish feed, as well as for reimbursement of part of the interest rates on loan agreements for purchase of fish feed and fish stocks. Additional measures in 2019 include the reimbursement of 50% of the cost for preparation of documentation regarding construction of complexes for recirculation aquaculture systems, and the reimbursement of part of the interest rate on loans for the purchase of domestically produced fish feeds.
Ambitious plans to increase output in Karelia
The plan of activities for the development of the aquaculture sector in Karelia in 2017-2020 and subsequent years foresees an increase of production to 35 000 tonnes by 2025. Currently, Karelian aquaculture products are distributed on the national market though wholesale and distribution channels. Intensification of the aquaculture production and development of the fish processing industry will further fill the domestic market and allow regional producers to expand internationally.