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Rosrybolovstvo continues to discuss the modernization of the "historical principle" of distribution of quota shares

Rosrybolovstvo continues to discuss with the fishing community issues related to the modernization of the "historical principle" of distribution of quotas for the extraction (catch) of aquatic biological resources, the press service of the department reported.

On October 2, the Agency held a regular meeting of the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation - Head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries Ilya Shestakov with the heads of a number of key industry associations, the largest fishing companies, representatives of the authorities of a number of constituent entities of the Russian Federation, at which proposals were discussed to improve the efficiency of using national reserves aquatic biological resources.

“One of the main tasks facing us today is to increase the volume of fish supplies to the Russian coast and increase the economic efficiency of exporting fish products. At the same time, we expect, together with you, the fishing community, to develop optimal mechanisms to achieve these goals, "said the head of the Federal Agency for Fishery.

He recalled that it is planned to create conditions under which fishermen will be interested in solving the tasks set by the state in front of the industry.

Ilya Shestakov recalled that Rosrybolovstvo considers it necessary to preserve the "historical principle" of allocating quotas for the extraction of aquatic biological resources and is considering increasing the time frame for securing quotas based on the principle of payback for the construction of new vessels.

At the same time, in order to increase the efficiency of development of aquatic biological resources, it is proposed to increase the threshold of the annual compulsory catch from 50% to 70% of quotas for two consecutive years. At the same time, the development should be carried out by users for two consecutive years in the amount of at least 70% on ships owned or in financial lease. In addition, splitting of shares will be prohibited by law. This will resolve the issue with the so-called "quota rentiers".

To renew the fishing fleet and attract vessels to Russian ports, it is planned to hold a so-called “customs amnesty” for “non-entry” vessels, that is, to exempt from taxation fishing vessels built and repaired abroad before September 1, 2018. Tax exemption for such ships is provided until January 1, 2020. After the "amnesty", it is proposed to deprive them of the right to fish on ships that have not passed customs clearance after repair or modernization at foreign shipyards, or, alternatively, to deprive them of the right to pay a preferential rate for the use of aquatic biological resources.

The proposed measures were generally approved by the industry community. At the same time, opinions were presented on which provisions being developed need to be adjusted and supplemented. For example, when limiting the use of leased vessels, it was proposed to clarify the norm so that different structures within one fishing holding could be able to rent vessels from each other. A request was also voiced not to impose restrictions on the age of ships during the "customs amnesty". Otherwise, this rule will limit the possibilities of using the mechanism, the fishermen explained.

Following the meeting, an agreement was reached that the industry participants, taking into account the discussion held, will submit their additional comments and necessary justifications to Rosrybolovstvo. With their consideration of Rosrybolovstvo and the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia, proposals will be finalized onMaking changes to the regulatory legal framework of the fishing industry.

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