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More than 300 tons of pink salmon were illegally harvested on Sakhalin
In the east of the Sakhalin Oblast, the fishing industry exceeded the permitted catch by a quarter. At the same time, the spawning grounds are empty, the regional fishery institute SakhNIRO recommended to stop fishing. But production is still being overfished.
According to Ekovakhta Sakhalin, as of August 6, overfishing amounted to 24,5%. In total, the enterprises harvested more than 1,5 thousand tons of pink salmon. The permitted volume for this sub-zone was 1,2 thousand tons. According to environmentalists, 305,9 tons of pink salmon were caught illegally.
Information on exceeding the permissible volumes was received by the Commission for the Regulation of Anadromous Fish Catch on August 4, 2021. The next day, the SakhNIRO Regional Fisheries Institute recommended to stop fishing. However, the head of the Sakhalin Oblast Fisheries Agency, Ivan Radchenko, did not include this issue in the meeting of the supervisory authority.
In order to fill the spawning grounds, the Commission conducted only admission days from 7 to 10 August. However, environmentalists fear that this will not help. Now almost all the rivers along the eastern coast of Sakhalin are filled, at best, singularly, and most often completely empty. According to long-term observations, it is necessary to let about 15 tons of pink salmon for spawning, but its expected return in 2021 is only 8 thousand tons.