Ukrainian Fish Export Reaches a New Level

by Mila Glushchenko
Thursday, October 14, 2021

High export growth and the potential of the fish industry in Ukraine

In recent years, the export of fish from Ukraine has been steadily growing. This is a direct indicator of improvement in the fishing industry of Ukraine. 

For comparison:

  • In 2019, Ukraine exported 11.800 tons of fish and products from aquatic biological resources for a total of $46.4 million, which is $9.2 million more than in 2018;
  • At the end of 2020, Ukraine exported fish and seafood for $52.4 million, which is 13.2% more than in 2019;
  • In January-May 2021, 4.407 thousand tons of fish and other aquatic biological resources were exported to foreign markets for a total of $17.4 million. This result in monetary terms is 22% more than in the same period last year.

The largest buyers of Ukrainian fish products in monetary terms were:

  • Germany $4.705 thousand (679 tons);
  • Denmark $2.852 thousand (585 tons);
  • Moldova $2.428 thousand (1.032 tons).

Then there are Lithuania, Belarus, Turkey, Israel, the USA and France and others.

According to the report, since the beginning of the year, most of all Ukraine exported ready-made or canned fish 1.384 tons, fillets of fish and other fish meat (including minced meat) 1.233 tons, shellfish 407 tons, frozen fish 347 tons, live fish 316 tons.

The quantity seems really good. According to the Association of fishermen of Ukraine, the country is rich in water and fish resources. And with the rational use of inland water bodies and seas, Ukraine can become a European fish market. 

The main water bodies of industrial river fishing are the Dnipro, the Lower Danube, and the Southern Bug. The species composition includes more than 65 commercial fish species.

Marine fishery covers fisheries in the Azov and Black seas. The productivity of the Azov sea is much higher than the Black sea and includes about 80 species of fish.


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