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Kamchatka participates in Qingdao International Forum on Sustainable Fisheries

The main topics are product certification and anti-poaching.

The International Forum on Sustainable Fisheries is being held in the Chinese city of Qingdao. Among the participants are representatives of business and environmental organizations from China, Korea, Russia, Japan, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand, Chile and other countries, the Kamchatka news agency reports.

The choice of China as the host country is not accidental. The average Chinese consumes a year to 30 kilograms of seafood. A significant role in the fishing industry of the Chinese economy is farm fish - its production volumes are comparable to the catch of wild fish. The Marine Stewardship Council and the Aquaculture Board of Trustees should regulate and set standards in the industry, the coordinator of WWF-Russia’s marine programs is convinced, Konstantin Zgurovsky.

“The Marine Stewardship Council is engaged in the eco-certification of fisheries, but given the growing role of aquaculture, WWF initiated the creation of an aquaculture stewardship council,” the expert continues. “This organization develops environmental standards, and already many large supermarket chains are asking for certificates from both organizations. transparency of origin of fish products, both caught and raised on farms, confirmed by the certificate of the supply chain. I think it is a matter of time when there will be a demand in Russia for “environmentally responsible” grown and caught fish and seafood. And we work with supermarkets, fishermen and aquaculture farms in this direction. "

Demand for certified products in the Russian market is still less noticeable than in foreign ones. Testing fish products for "sustainability" is carried out through the analysis of the supply chain, and it is usually not difficult to establish the origin of the fish "from plate to vessel". Here, entrepreneurs and governments of many countries are united in their desire to exclude illegal products from circulation.

“Today there are companies, including those in Kamchatka, which are well aware that overfishing and poaching are causing a serious blow to their work,” says Denis Semyonov, the coordinator of salmon projects at the Kamchatka Beringian Ecoregional Branch of WWF Russia. , willingly fulfill the requirements of the Marine Stewardship Council to improve their fisheries. After all, if tomorrow the fish disappears, then their business will suffer serious losses. Unlike poachers, who are concerned about the momentary earnings, the fishermen are aimed at a long-term perspective of cooperation with foreign companies from China, Europe, Japan and the USA ".

Illegal and unreported fishing today, according to expert estimates, causes damage to 23 a billion dollars a year and is equal to about half the legal. Against this background, the number of buyers consciously choosing ecologically labeled products is growing in the world. Moreover, the prices of the two are quite comparable. It is their opinion that ultimately stimulates producers, processors and fishing companies to change for the better.

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