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Rosrybolovstvo: Cargo of arrested Russian trawler is estimated at $540,000

January 06, 2014, 2:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The amount of fish catch and of processed fish products aboard the arrested Russian trawler "Oleg Naidyonov" is 900 tonnes
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MOSCOW, January 06, 1:48 /ITAR-TASS/. The amount of fish catch and of processed fish products aboard the arrested Russian trawler "Oleg Naidyonov" is 900 tonnes, an official at the public relations centrr of Rosrybolovstvo (Federal Agency for Fishery) (FAF) told Itar-Tass.

Sardine, horsemackerel, sardinella, and mackerel are the main commercial fishes in the waters of West Africa. In the January-November period of 2013, the average import prices of sardine have grown by 11.7 percent up to $0.6 per kilogramme as compared with those in the corresponding period of 2012, the FAF Analytical center reports. So, the cost of the cargo of the Russian trawler, arrested by Senegalese authorities, may be about $540,000.

Fishery in foreign waters accounts for over 10 percent of the catch of marine bioresources by Russian fishermen. The overall catch in 2013 amounted to 4.13 million tonnes. Out of the amount, 443,900 tonnes were caught in foreign states' zones, and 170,700 tonnes caught in convention areas and in the open part of the World Ocean. Russian fishing fleet has been present in the waters of West Africa since the 1970s.

The Russian trawler "Oleg Naidyonov" was toughly detained by the military 46 miles off the coast of Guinea-Bissau. During the operation, the Senegalese military inflicted a number of injuries on members of the Russian crew. The ship was escorted to Dakar and arrived there on the night from Saturday to Sunday.

The trawler "Oleg Naidyonov" belongsd to the private joint-stock company Feniks (Phoenix), registered at Murmansk. This is a large fishing boat of Moonsund type, 120 metres long, built in Germany in 1989.

According to Rosrybolovstvo, on board the ship, there are 82 people -- 62 Russian citizens and 20 civilians of Guinea-Bissau. There are three women among the crew members.

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