WWF explained to fishermen participating in Murmansk trade fair the benefits of international certification
Over 100 participants met at the Fisheries Fair in the Ice Palace in Murmansk, representing Russian and foreign companies that deal with harvesting and processing of fish. WWF exhibition stand there, devoted to ecological certification of fisheries, has been visited by over 500 people. Publications by WWF on ecology, fisheries and climate change were extremely popular among the guests to this Fair.
“This Fair became a very important tool in our communication to fisheries industry, - says Konstantin Zgurovsky, Head of WWF Russia Marine Programme. – Participation of NGOs in such events is not so typical yet for Russia, but we certainly hope for better future ahead”.
WWF experts noted that fishermen were indeed surprised with the fact that ecological certification is linked to assessments of fisheries impact in nature, rather than just the quality of fish products themselves. One of the visitors, the counselor to Murmansk Governor on fisheries issues Mr. Vyacheslav Zilanov, - has expressed his support to the idea of ecological certification in his interview to press and media.
“We are happy with such results, - comments Oleg Sutkaitis, the Head of WWF Russia Barents Sea branch. – We managed to establish a direct dialogue with those, on whom conservation of the Barents Sea marine resources depends”.