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In Primorye, intensify the fight against IUU fishing
On September 5, Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries Vasily Sokolov held a round table on "Development of non-resource exports as a means of combating IUU fishing" at the IX International Fishermen Congress in Vladivostok, the press service of the Federal Agency for Fishery reports.
The event was attended by representatives of Russian and foreign processing enterprises, industry associations, research institutions, regional and federal executive and legislative authorities.
As Vasily Sokolov noted, proposals are needed concerning not only measures to directly suppress illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, but also to prevent this phenomenon. “It is necessary to undermine the economic basis of this activity as such, to close the sales markets for illegal products, so that it becomes simply impossible to engage in IUU fishing,” he said.
The main focus of the round table was on issues of unaccounted export of marine bioresources, lack of official statistics, development of criteria for assessing the scale of IUU fishing. As was noted, today there is no methodology for estimating IUU fishing, and the figures voiced by different experts vary greatly.
Vasily Sokolov agreed that such a methodology should be as accurate as possible and based on reliable sources. “Moreover, these estimates are used by the states to which we supply fish products to argue for the restriction of our legal export,” he explained.
Representatives of the fisheries complex also discussed the prospects for the development of deep processing in the regions of the Far East and other measures to reduce the volume of IUU fishing, including the creation of non-waste production and transparent distribution channels.
According to the deputy head of the Federal Agency for Fishery, tracking the movement of products from the moment of catching and organizing controls at the fish shipping stage can be an effective method to combat IUU fishing.
In general, participants in the fishing industry unanimously noted that the situation has changed for the better, and the positive dynamics is characterized by a repeated decrease in poaching, in individual categories - dozens of times.
Measures to reduce IUU fishing due to the development of non-mineral exports are laid down in the Set of measures developed by the Federal Fisheries Agency and the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia to stimulate the production of food and other products from aquatic bioresources with a high degree of processing and export.
As part of state support, it is planned to continue efforts to preserve the mechanism of subsidizing interest on investment loans for the construction and modernization of fish processing infrastructure, and storage facilities for fish products. Proposals for subsidizing loans for the purchase and installation of fish processing equipment are also being worked out.
In addition, a draft government decree on the prohibition of the participation of foreign participants in the supply of fishery products for state needs was prepared. The document is in the process of interdepartmental coordination.