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A new way to control the catch was proposed by the fishermen
The fishermen have proposed a new way to control the pollock catch. According to the members of the Fishing Fleet Shipowners Association, which includes the RRPK structures, it is necessary to weigh the fish immediately after the catch, and not after the production.
As the Kommersant, the association proposed to the Ministry of Agriculture to oblige the fishermen to weigh the harvested pollock when lifting the trawl onto the vessel, which will solve the problem of excessive use of the resource - juveniles killed under the weight of adults will not be thrown overboard. First Deputy Director General of the RRPK Saveliy Karpukhin said that the group is ready to weigh the catches, and is interested in the stability of the population, taking into account the construction of a new fleet.
According to the manager of the Dobroflot Group of Companies Alexander Efremov, from the point of view of preserving the pollock population, the proposal of the ASRF is correct. However, the implementation of the mechanism will lead to an actual halt in production, since only the RRPK has the technical capability. The innovation may result in the loss of the current quotas for at least 200 vessels.
Aleksey Buglak, President of the Alaska Pollock Catchers' Association, informs that the current rules already prohibit the throwing of juveniles of any species overboard. He is sure that the problem of the death of young pollock can be solved only by increasing the selectivity of fishing gear. According to him, since 2002, a mid-depth trawl equipped with an insert for screening out small fish has been used in the Far East basin for pollock fishing, which reduces the by-catch of juveniles by 30-50%.
The Federal Agency for Fishery did not criticize the ASRF initiative, but noted that there is currently no single algorithm for weighing the catch in the trawl, since all fishing gear is different. Also, if non-commercial size fish are included in the catch, it will be necessary to change the entire procedure for calculating the TAC, which applies only to adult pollock.
Since the beginning of this year, pollock accounted for 55% of all harvested aquatic biological resources. The catch of the main commercial fish in the Far East basin decreased by 14% year-on-year.