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Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery I. Shestakov held a meeting with representatives of enterprises and associations of the fishing industry
The meeting was attended by Mikhail Kotov, President of the Magadan Association of Fisheries, Alexander Fomin, President of the VARPE, German Zverev, President of the Pollock Catchers' Association, Sergei Timoshenko, Chairman of the Union of Fishery and Entrepreneurs of Kamchatka, Alexander Duplyakov, President of the Far East Crab Catchers Association, Sergei Putivkin, Head of the Magadan Fish Industry Department, as well as representatives of enterprises that are part of the Magadan Association of Fisheries.
All the most acute problems of the fish industry were discussed: difficulties in crossing the receiving, coastal and transport vessels of the State Border, the need to support hatcheries, excessive veterinary control, the impossibility of promptly delivering fish products to the central regions of the country, exorbitant customs payments for annual repairs of vessels, personnel shortages the fishing fleet, the crisis of the small size fleet in connection with the changes made to the Merchant Shipping Code.
The greatest revival was caused by the discussion around the relationship that developed with the border authorities. In 2013 alone, they initiated more than a thousand administrative cases for violation of the rules of crossing the state border by fishing vessels. Administrative pressure has also increased significantly for the admitted formal violations, such as incorrect registration of the fishing log, incompatibility of fishing gear with the requirements of the Fishery Rules and others. For minor misdemeanors that did not entail any dangerous consequences, fishermen are systematically subjected to the most severe administrative prosecution - from multimillion-dollar fines to escorting ships to the port, and as a result they roll to the brink of bankruptcy.
Fishermen spoke about the need to improve the established legal framework, which does not take into account the specifics of fisheries activities and, as a result, leads to such administrative inflexions, thus hampering the development of the industry.
Accepted in a meeting attended by the head of the Coast Guard of the Border Service of Russia Yuriy Alekseev answered the fishing community concerns and ensured that most of the problems of crossing the state border will be discontinued with the introduction of changes to article 9 of the Federal Law on "State Border of the Russian Federation", planned in the near future, And the approval of the new Procedure for obtaining permits for the repeated crossing of the State Border by fish-borne ships. His project is now in the final stages of development.
As the head of Rosrybolovstvo assured, the issues identified at the meeting in the Magadan Association of Fishermen will be worked out in detail in the Government.