The governors of 5 federal subjects of the Amur Basin signed a Memorandum on implementation of measures to preserve the Amur River ecosystem
The Forum “Amur - the River of Life” was held in Khabarovsk by the initiative of the Governor of Khabarovsky province Mikhail Degtyarev. It was devoted to the issues of preserving freshwater ecosystem and the development of sustainable fishing. Representatives of federal and regional authorities, scientific community, fishing industry, public organizations were invited to participate in two thematic sessions.
At the Forum WWF-Russia presented the results of public monitoring of Pacific salmon spawning grounds filling in the Amur River and reported on the impact of fishing regulation measures on the Pacific salmon stocks.
WWF Russia proposed the following measures to be included in the resolution of the Forum as a priority for the conservation of wild Amur chum salmon stocks:
1. Introduce a ban on commercial fishing of summer and autumn chum salmon in the Amur River and Amur estuary until a scientific justification is obtained based on data from field surveys of the main spawning grounds, taking into account the number of spawned fish.
2. Introduce state ecological expertise to assess catch quotas with the participation of public organizations.
3. Organize work on the creation of fisheries protected zones in key areas of the main spawning tributaries.
According to the results of the Forum, the Federal Fishery Agency was instructed, together with the governors, to submit proposals for the development of fishery complex programs in the regions, based on the characteristics and the most effective tools for each province of the Amur basin.During the Forum, the Ministry of Natural Resources of Amurskaya province voiced the issue of river pollution during alluvial gold mining, which has reached catastrophic scales in recent years. Work to reduce the negative impact is being carried out jointly with WWF Russia.