Fish Exports Suffering Due to Uncertainty in the East
Stockpiles of Baltic sprat and herring are waiting for the political situation in the Ukraine and Russia to calm as 75 percent of the two popular fish caught in Estonia were exported to the two nations, and Belarus and Kazakhstan, with most of that trade now suspended.
The warm winter and spring have created a favorable situation for catching fish, and quotas in some areas have already been filled, ETV reported on Monday, adding that the unstable situation in Ukraine and import bans by Russia have overflowed warehouses.
A union head of fishermen, Mart Undrest, said they are limiting quotas to keep the fish in the sea instead of warehouses, and they are looking for additional buildings to rent.
Undrest said few were willing to haul fish to Ukraine during the current political crisis, and many highways had roadblocks, adding that the situation has somewhat quietened, but uncertainty still remains. He said there are many canneries on the Crimean peninsula.