Russian fishing companies in search of buyers as Japanese firms withdraw

Fishing enterprises in Russia’s Far East are in frantic search of new customers as most of their Japanese partners cancelled orders following a devastating earthquake.

Mikhail Kotov, who heads the major Far Eastern fishing enterprise Morskoi Volk, said “all [trade] ties with Japan, our largest fish buyer, have been suspended at the moment.”

“[Our] Japanese partners informed us that they have to cut imports significantly after the devastating earthquake. We used to supply up to 70% of our products to Japan,” he said.

“We can only hope that China and [South] Korea will buy our products. We also expect to sell our fish to the United States,” Kotov added.

A devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami have killed nearly 6,000 people and left thousands missing in Japan.

MAGADAN, March 15 (RIA Novosti)

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