Why do we need this publication?

Many people noticed how over the time different species of fish succeeded each other on our shelves. The older generation remembers sturgeon, caviar, salmon were sold in stores. Then they disappeared, but a lot of cod appeared. She was replaced by hake and unknown grenadier, whiting, Alaska Pollock. In recent years salmon began to arrive in stores, but from Norway. Most recently pangasius and tilapia appeared.

This reflected the situation in our seas: stocks of many species of fish were exhausted, and the fishing was forced to switch to new species which were not used previously. The lost fish never went back to the same amount, except in case of its artificial breeding – aquaculture. Thus Russian wild salmon was replaced by Norway one. Instead of the big fat shad the small fish with a completely different taste is sold under the same name. The sturgeon disappeared altogether, but the sturgeon grown artificially appeared lately.

What will happen next? It is unlikely that we are threatened with famine in a rapidly developing aquaculture. Do we want to eat cultured fish and shrimp only when the Ocean allows us to eat wild fish? But we will loose it if we treat it like now. The way to use the resources of the Ocean does not change by itself, but the politicians have no the ability and desire to change something. What can we do, the buyers? The volume of fish catch and the degree of fishing influence on its population are depended on the demand. Therefore, buying or refusing to buy some fish we affect its strength.

This is the first such guide in Russia. Such publications served buyers and sellers in Western Europe and North America for a long time, already. In our edition we tried to take into account international experience and Russian specifics. This edition is intended primarily for retailers of fish, which we call to be involved into the process of consumers’ education.