North-East Atlantic and Far East fish industry supports environmentally responsible fishing
«These agreements stipulate the conditions for joint participation in projects to reduce the impact on vulnerable marine ecosystems”, said WWF-Russia marine coordinator Konstantin Zgurovsky. “This is a very broad definition of the prospects for cooperation, which includes the joint elaboration of issues and production of aquatic biological resources. We also mustn’t forget about the scientific side of the problem, measures to promote sustainable fishing and much more. These are serious long-term agreements».
The agreements were signed by WWF Russia and the big fishing and processing holding «Karat», as well as the Association of long-line fishing. For them, these agreements provide an opportunity to maximize the cost-effectiveness of aquatic biological resources usage with minimal impact on the ecosystem of the sea. Achieving these results will help the modernization of fishing gear, research, introduction of modern methods of monitoring and management of the fishery.
'This is completely mutually beneficial cooperation!”, believes president of the Association of long-line fishing Mikhail Zaitsev. “Today, doing business on an environmentally-oriented basis is not an option but a necessity. And if the WWF experts are willing to help to make our fishing more environmentally sound and sustainable - therefore, make our fishing operations long term and stable – we are only happy to cooperate
Agreements were signed for a period of three years. The specific results of cooperation agreements execution will be specific actions on bottom trawl and reduction of impact of long-line fishing, and it will be discussed further at workgroup meetings, seminars and conferences, held as stipulated by the agreements.