With WWF support The Union of the Fishing industry in the North decided to certificate their fisheries
On the North basin fishermen follow all main requirements for water resources conservation and environmental requirements for fishery vessels.
“We practically fulfil the all requirements of ICES for legal catch (The international council for the exploration of the sea), discuss the current questions about fishery regulations measures on The Russian-Norwegian Joint fisheries Commission’s annual meetings,” – says Vasiliy Nikitin, Director General of The Union of the Fishing industry in the North.
Cod and haddock are the main fishery objects in the Barents Sea. Scientists’ researches, supported by fishermen experience, shows, that their stock is the most significant for the last ten years. That’s why fish, caught and produced in the Barents, is valued in the world markets for its freshness and the real Arctic quality.
“We realize the advantages of MSC-certification, - shared Vasiliy Nikitin. – Firstly, the certified product is much more valued by the consumer. Secondly, taking into account Russia’s coming into WTO (World Trade Organization), we want to increase our positions in the world markets. Thirdly, we signed the Collaboration Agreement with WWF-Russia and we’re worried about the environmental status of the Barents Sea. In the 19th of October we organized the conference, where our Union accept WWF suggestions to oil and gas companies for water resources conservation. Our Norwegian colleagues have already certified their fisheries and I’m sure we should follow them. Only then it will be possible to speak about water resources conservation, because we have the common sea and the common resources!”
Barents fishermen hope to finish certification process till the end of 2012.