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Driftnet fishery banned in the High Seas is still devastating the Russian waters

02 february 2005
During 6-7 year of driftnet fishing conducted by Japanese and Russian vessels more than 1,2 million of seabirds and about 15 thousand of marine mammals were killed by driftnets. WWF-Russia within the frame of Marine programme issued a review of problems of driftnet fishery in the Russian Far East seas and its influence on seabirds and marine mammals.

According to Vassily Spiridonov, Marine programme adviser, the problems have been raised in the review need to be discussed by governmental bodies and definite decisions have to be taken.

It is noteworthy that no other type of fishing results in such considerable mortality of seabirds and marine mammals, which are non-target fishery species. An analysis of issues concerning the driftnet fishing indicates its negative influence on marine ecosystem.Till the present the Japanese, Taiwanese and South Korean fishing were the largest.

However in 2003 salmon driftnet catch of Russian vessels in Russia’s Exclusive Economic Zone exceeded those of Japanese vessels, which traditionally have quotas in the Russian waters.When discussing the question whether driftnet fishery should be developed in the Far East seas of Russia and analysing compromising solutions the position of environmental NGOs has been reflected.Nevertheless even now information about driftnet fishing influence on marine ecosystem is incomplete and unknown, with exception of few scientific papers.

The objective of the report is to inform not only specialists (Russian legislators, environment conservation bodies, fishery management, etc.) and public organizations but also general public not indifferent to environment and thinking what we will leave on our planet for future generations.