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Environmentalists: pink salmon fishing ground in Sakhalin became the worst in 10 years

Environmentalists: pink salmon fishing ground in Sakhalin became the worst in 10 years

The interim results of the pink salmon fishing season 2020 on Sakhalin were summed up by the Sakhalin Environmental Watch public organization. Ecologists have found that for even-numbered years the catch was the worst in the last decade.

As the head of Sakhalin Ekovahta Dmitry Lisitsyn told EastRussia, the total catch of pink salmon on Sakhalin, as of August 11, amounted to 7,7 thousand tons. The indicators of the catch of pink salmon in previous years show that at this time the catch was many times higher: 13,7 thousand tons in 2018, 30,5 thousand tons in 2016, 33,3 thousand tons in 2014, 49,3 thousand tons in 2021.

Now in the most “fishy” regions the pink salmon catch season ends. As ecologists note, science forecasts for 21,2 thousand tons for this year did not come true.

According to the Sakhalin Environmental Watch, the situation is not much better with the filling of the island rivers with the spawning generation of pink salmon. Fish enter some small rivers relatively well, while Sakhalin's largest spawning islands remain almost empty.

Pink salmon in 2020 has fallen sharply in numbers not only off the coast of Sakhalin, but also in Eastern Kamchatka and Alaska - probably due to unfavorable winter feeding conditions in the Pacific Ocean. Ecologists believe that the regional commission for regulating the catch of anadromous fish is obliged to significantly reduce the amount of permitted catch as soon as possible, so that as many fish as possible can go to spawning grounds and prevent further depletion of pink salmon stocks.

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