WWF makes first step towards certification of fisheries in Russian Northwest
Experts from Marine Stewardship Council (the United Kingdom) and from the European Group of Fish Processing Companies explained the principles of market regulation in fisheries, and gave examples of successful MSC ecological certification. Konstantin Zgurovsky, Coordinator of WWF Russia Marine Programme, shared similar experience from the Far East.
“Murmansk region is situated especially closely to civilized market places«, - believes Konstantin Zgurovsky. »Therefore, ecological certification is an urgent need for the development of this region”.
Experts noted some most critical challenges in the introduction of ecological certification schemes in the region. They include the low efficiency of fleet operations, and rather low level of fish processing; it actually forces fishermen to harvest more in order to compensate for their losses, which leads to over-fishing.
The seminar was meant to foster cooperation of international business community that purchases cod from Russia with the Russian fishermen. “We are grateful that the certification issue came up«, - said Anatoly Yevenko, Head of Coastal Fishermen Association and the Deputy of the City Council, to the foreign guests. »It is certainly and important up-to-date issue that is most significant first of all to us, the fishermen.”