As reported by Censor.NET, this was said by Deputy Chief of the State Agency for Fisheries of Ukraine, Andrii Kravchenko on air of Radio Krym.Realii commenting on Russian fishing quotas in the region.
"Before the annexation of Crimea, the catch in the Black Sea was about 40,000 - up to 50,000 tons. However, part of our fishing farms remained in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea following recent developments. We lost about 90 percent of commercial reserves in the Black Sea including access to resources, fishing farms and vessels that remained on the annexed territory," the official said.
He noted that under such circumstances fishing in the Azov Sea remains critical for Ukraine.
"In 2018, our companies have already caught more than 37,000 tons [of fish] in the Sea of Azov - it is a substantial amount which partially provides food security of our state," Kravchenko said.