Indigenous peoples are ready to continue public monitoring over salmon resources in the tributaries of the Amur River
The workshops, which took place on April 15-16 in Khabarovsk, are held for the second year in a row. More than 40 representatives of indigenous peoples of the north of Khabarovsky province from 8 municipal districts attended the seminars this year. Most of them are the leaders of indigenous peoples’ communities living near the spawning rivers.
The workshop “Public control over the Pacific salmon spawning grounds” began with a discussion of the results of surveys that were carried out in the autumn of 2018. The leaders of three volunteer brigades presented the newcomers the survey methodology and told about the work that was done. Special attention was paid to the problematic issues and difficulties that volunteers had when counting fish and identifying spawning grounds on the river.
At the workshop “The involvement of citizens in fishery protection activities in Khabarovsky province”, the experts from governmental authorities shared their knowledge with the audience. The speakers represented the Department for governmental control, supervision of fisheries of the Federal Fisheries Agency in Amursky province; the Department for combating organized crime of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Khabarovsky province; the Department for the Supervision of the Implementation of Laws on Nature Protection of the Amur Basin Environmental Prosecutor's Office and the Department of State Veterinary Control of the Rosselkhoznadzor of Khabarovsky and Evreiskaya province.
The representatives of the governmental
authorities explained to the participants the possibilities to be involved in
public control over the exploitation of fish resources. The cases of most common
violations were considered, the prohibited fishing gear was described, as well
as the elements of violation related to illegal fishing.
All the participants have signed the petition “Save the
forest for people and salmon!” addressed to the government of the Russian
Federation to protect riparian forests and salmon resources. Indigenous peoples
of the Amur River basin are against the reduction of spawning forest belts from
1 km to 50-200 meters, because this threatens the spawning grounds of Pacific
salmon and other valuable fish species.
Sign the petition “Save the forest for people and salmon!”