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EastRussia expert broadcasts from the Extraordinary Conference of Fisheries Complex Employees

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Alexander Saveliev

Head of the Fisheries Information Agency
The Extraordinary All-Russian Conference of Workers in the Fisheries Complex urgently gathered in Moscow. The breakdown of the basic, historical principle of Russian fishing legislation sounded like an alarm bell in all coastal regions of the country. The regulator and the State Duma, which returned the auctions to the industry, caused severe indignation of the delegates and they did not hide it ...

At the conference, they refused to sign a sectoral agreement between the representatives of trade unions, the association of employers and the Federal Agency for Fisheries.

The delegates decided to analyze the work of the regulator on the eve of the Board of the Federal Agency for Fishery and a harsh conversation took place.

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture - the head of the Federal Agency for Fishery, Ilya Shestakov, seemed to have felt the heat of the controversy the day before and simply did not attend the conference, which only added fuel to the fire of discussion.

Representatives of the Federation Council, the State Duma, and even the head of the Federal Agency for Fishery at the conference were and spoke. Nikolay Nikolayev, Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources, Property and Land Relations of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, complained about ... the lack of dialogue between deputies and the industry community, and then got up and left.

“Do not count on the support of the fishermen,” said Valentina Balashova, Chairman of the Board of the Interregional Association of Coastal Fishermen of the Northern Basin, after him.

German Zverev, the president of VARPE, also lamented the lack of dialogue between government agencies and the business community. In particular, he said: “Fishermen have been drawing attention of Rosrybolovstvo since January to the risk of stopping the fishery in early December due to the termination of the validity period of mining permits. Rosrybolovstvo has not seriously addressed this problem, a lot of time was lost, and only thanks to the legislative initiative of the parliament did the fishing be stopped in early December. ” At the same time, he noted, part of the fish industrialists did not manage to renew the permits and had to stop working. This affected the national catch rate.

Another problem was changes at the crossing of the state border at sea, due to which it became impossible to overload fish products in the previous regime and already led to difficulties in the Far Eastern and Northern Basin fisheries.

Fishermen are concerned about the situation with the coastal area, with investment quotas, with delays in updating the fishing rules for the Far Eastern basin, with the transition to the Gonets system. The most important regulations for fishermen are prepared and made in a hurry, casually, out of time. The fishing community, the head of the VARPE said, has moved not only from full participation in the improvement of the regulatory framework, but also from the discussion of scientific forecasts. The most important issues - the assignment of certain types of aquatic biological resources to “whipped”, the forecast of TACs on the most important objects of the fishery - are discussed in closed session.

However, the most resonant event of the year at the conference called the adoption of amendments to the Law on Fisheries on Crab Auctions. The development and adoption of by-laws was carried out without taking into account the position of the fishing community and even contrary to it, and in some cases contrary to the position of the deputy community. To say that the story caused the concern of the fishing community - to say nothing. Condition close to hysterical.

Rosrybolovstvo reports on the results of its work by the achievements of fishermen, catches, investments, paid taxes, - said German Zverev, - And it would be important and right - the quality of their work.

Georgy Martynov, President of the Association of Fisheries Enterprises of Primorye, drew attention to the fact that crab auctions were pushed through by crooning. Now the next point of the ill-fated road map is next in line - about auctions every three to five years already for all types of aquatic bioresources. And in the future this threat will remain, he warned, no matter how assured the government and the fishermen’s deputies that there would be no further revision of the rules for the allocation of resources.

The bill on crab quotas was not accidentally prepared in secret, drew the attention of Sergei Nesvetov, executive director of the North-West Fisheries Consortium. “The technology, as far as I know, was recognized as very successful, and it is possible that something else is being prepared now,” he suggested. - Now from the keyhole we hear information that crabs are not the last resource, and auctions will be extended, if not all, then in general, to all major types of aquatic biological resources, and quite quickly - within the next two or three years old".

“You all forgot auctions that were more than ten years ago. Practically the industry was trashed. We were given money by foreign companies and states. For what? For the future of raw materials! - the chairman of the Russian trade union of workers of a fish economy Vladimir Kruglov hardly restrained emotions. - We want to repeat it? It turns out that yes. ”

Vladimir Zhuravlev, director of SZRK-Murmansk, noted with bitterness that the conference was a kind of requiem for a crab. “I would very much like to believe and hope that further we will not come to the same conferences on fish. Therefore, I urge all delegates not to relax. In fact, the secrecy that was talked about and the uncertainty of the position of the regulator and the government do not allow us to build further plans, including on investing in the industry. ”

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