Murman SeaFood Company Ltd. has been established in 1997. The company carries out industrial, transport, commercial and intermediary activity, wholesale and retail trade in the field of fishery. Company is the licensed ship-owner, annually receives industrial quotas for fishing of water bio-resources.
strategy of Company's activity in the field of oceanic fishery is based on
aspiration to take the most of resources of 200-mile zones of the foreign
states and of an open area of world ocean, to strengthen a position of
Industrial activity of the Company began from one modern factory-trawler "Murman" leased at the foreign ship-owner on conditions of bareboat-charter-party and working in zones of Barents and Norwegian seas on traditional ground fish species' (Cod, Haddock, Redfish, Pollack, etc.) . In the following 1998 the fishing fleet of the Company has been replenished with two more freezing trawlers "Maroanjoca" and "Matrioska" and a unique seiner-trawler "Murman-2", that has allowed to start active harvesting of fish resources of Northwest Atlantic, earlier unused by Russia (Greenland halibut in NAFO area and in Western Greenland area) and of Northeast Atlantic (capelin, herring and blue whiting in zones of Iceland, Yan-Mayen and in an open part of Norwegian sea), as a result the total catch has increased in 4,6 times.
the fishermen of
the Company have continued the usage of common resources of capelin and blue
special Regulations of the Government of Russian Federation by way of
experiment the seiner-trawler "Murman-2" had been allowed to make
duty-free calling at
2002, in conditions
of decrease of allocation and introduction of auction sale of quotas of basic
ground fishery species', the lack of resources has been replenished by fishing
of underused quotas of other
enterprises. In 2002 total catch of fish has reached a record value for the
Company and has been about 78 000 tons, from which 50 000 tons have been caught
in zones of foreign states and in convention areas. In the following 2003
the quotas of all fishing objects allocated to the Company have been reduced in
several times. All undertaken efforts for indemnification of these losses have
allowed to catch about 42 000 tons, that is almost in 2 times less than last
year. In 2002-2003 the Company actualized its project of teamwork with
factory of Gigante Murmansk Ltd: the cooled food capelin caught by
seiner-trawler "Murman-2" was delivered in
2004 Murman SeaFood
together with all other ship-owners began work in conditions of essentially new
rules of allocation of fishery quotas — based on the shares fixed for 5 years.
The given mechanism, along with significant reduction of quotas and with sharp
increase of payments in the budget (dues for use of water bio-resources), has
allowed, nevertheless, more seriously to carry out medium-term planning and
livened up an investment activity of the Company. Murman SeaFood began to
receive quotas of cod and haddock, sufficient for maintenance of normal work in
In 2005 factory-trawler "Melkart"
successfully carried out the fishery in Barents and
In 2006-2007 fishing fleet of the Company has continued work in their traditional areas of fishery. Now Murman SeaFood Company operates four fishing vessels: three freezing factory-trawlers — "Melkart" (in Northeast Atlantic), "Maroanjoca" and "Matrioska" (in Northwest Atlantic) and new seiner-trawler "North Ocean", purchased in 2006 in the full property, manufacturing both frozen fish products and fresh cooled fish, and used in fishery of pelagic objects in Northeast Atlantic.
Increasing problems in oceanic fishery in Northern Atlantic, connected with reduction of quotas for fishing of the basic species, Murman SeaFood Company decides in its own way. It searches and finds new ways of further development of its activity, both within the framework of traditional sea fishery and in diversification and successful developing of new kinds of production.
particular, in 1999 the fellow
subsidiary– Arctic Fish Products Ltd. – has been established for
realization long-line fishing of ground fish species. During past time their
freezing factory-trawler "Ivan Klyushin" successfully conducted
long-line fishing of cod and other bottom objects in
In 2001 the Company together with foreign partners
began the work in aquaculture field. Joint-Stock Company Murman Holding has
been established, and within the framework of this project in 2001 about
100 tons of rainbow trout has been brought up out of delivered smolt, modular
crab- and fish-processing factory has been constructed and handed over in
operation in the settlement Pechenga on which the next years processing of the
crabs caught under research quotas with the help of involved vessels of other
firms was conducted. At same factory the Company has organized processing of
lumpfish roe and processing of fresh fish caught in a coastal zone by other
small enterprises, and also reprocessing of semi-products of trawlers
"Melkart" and "
Now the staff of the Company is up to 150 persons, more than 70% of which are the seamen. The average monthly salary of employees for last years has increased in several times and in 2005 was 25 800 roubles (~ USD 900). Annual payment of taxes in budgets of all levels reaches 20 000 000 roubles (~ USD 695 000), transfer in the state off-budget funds – 7 500 000 roubles (~ USD 260 000), and dues for use of water bio-resources for 2004-2005 amounted to 12 500 000 roubles (~ USD 434 000) a year.
As a whole, for all past years, despite of some difficulties and problems, the Company had been achieved doubtless positive results. In a huge degree it is a merit of highly skilled and experienced managers, including General Director V.Khizhnyakov, his Deputies V.Molchanov, V.Belko, A.Vasilyev, V.Shaulov, Chief Economist V.Alekseev, Chief Accountant L.Mysina, Chief Engineer Yu.Chernyaev, former Chief Manager A.Mikhnovets, former Chief Mechanic A.Dema and also other managers, officers and specialists, and certainly Captains and Seamen of the vessels of the Company.