The first results of public monitoring of salmon spawning grounds were obtained for the Amgun, Anyui and Tunguska Rivers
In October, conservationists monitored salmon spawning sites on three big tributaries of the Amur with the support of WWF. To do this, three brigades of volunteers were formed. They covered 200 kilometers along Anyui, 1000 kilometers along Amgun in air and wooden boats with outboards, on foot, and by cars. Over 10 spawning sites on each of the three rivers were observed. The assessment showed that the density of the spawning population tends toward zero.
Right away the salmon number forecast is based on the salmon catch statistics but WWF suggests using data on a real filling of the spawning sites instead. The monitoring allows exploring the spawning grounds and assessing the real number of salmon entering the Amur tributaries to breed. The data collected on three tributaries will be converted into the consolidated report and agreed proposals to be delivered to the Commission for Anadromous Fish Catch Control in Khabarovsky Province. From WWF’ perspective, a wise use of the data will enable the Commission to set justified salmon catch limits. The lack of adequate estimation of the salmon stock in the Amur River basin will inevitably lead to its depletion which will threaten the traditional life style of the Amur River aboriginals and will unpredictably impact the whole ecosystem of the low and middle Amur reaches. The Association of Indigenous People of the Northern Khabarovsky Province is one of WWF’ partner in these activities.