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Indigenous peoples are ready to continue public monitoring over salmon resources in the tributaries of the Amur River
Премия рунета 2017

Indigenous peoples are ready to continue public monitoring over salmon resources in the tributaries of the Amur River

19 april 2019
In the Year of Salmon, the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North of Khabarovsky province jointly with WWF-Russia, organized two workshops on “Public monitoring over the Pacific salmon spawning grounds” and “The involvement of citizens in fishery protection activities in Khabarovsky province”.

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 public interest towards the issues raised at the seminars is rapidly growing. Local people have noted a serious decline in the salmon numbers coming to spawning grounds in the Amur River, especially summer chum, and are willing to take an active personal part in monitoring over the filling of spawning grounds. Moreover, the participants of the workshops see an urgent need to report to government authorities on cases of violations of legislation in the field of extraction of aquatic and biological resources and are interested in official way of reporting”, commented Olga Cheblukova, coordinator of protected areas projects at WWF-Russia Amur branch, coordinator of the Year of Salmon in the Amur Ecoregion.
The workshop “Public monitoring over the Pacific salmon spawning grounds” in Khabarovsk
Alexander Frolenok

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.

The workshop “The involvement of citizens in fishery protection activities in Khabarovsky province”
Alexander Frolenok

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!”

http://chng.it/9znjxdtYr5

For additional information please contact
Project Coordinator of Protected Areas Unit, WWF Russia Amur Branch