For the first time in the country WWF-Russia and fishery holding “Karat” developed sustainable fishery educational course for captains and deck-officers
Sustainable fishery is becoming the integral part of modern market. Consumers and fishing industry are worried not only about the quality of the caught fish, but also about the fishery conditions – if the environment was damaged or not during it.
Thanks to the procedure of MSC-certification customer has a chance to check where the fish were caught, in which conditions, by what vessel and even in what time!
But for better involving fishery-crews, WWF-Russia and holding “Karat” (its vessels were earliest MSC-certified explorer for cod and haddock fishery of Russian side of the Barents) developed educational captains course. It’s really innovative project – the first one for Russia. The main goal is to give deck-officers the opportunity to look at theirs activity from the environmental point of view, to think over how fishery can impact on the ecological condition of the Barents Sea. It’s hard to control the implementation of fishery rules hundreds kilometers away from the shore, that’s why it’s so important if fishermen are imbued with importance of Barents Sea conservation not only as a food resource but as one of the cleanest world’s ecosystems.
Educational process was in a dialog form. More than 30 captains, chief mates and technologists gave their opinions about fishery in Russia without ceremony.
“It’s great that we had a dialog, - shared his opinion Stanislav Fomin, WWF-Russia Barents Marine Coordinator. – From the one side we arranged the workshop for fishermen about the principles of sustainable fishery. From the other, we got valuable practical experience and suggestions how to implement these principles into practical work.”
Soon the organizers will develop and publish the recommendations. “But the main result is the feeling, that we’re on the right way and our course should be implemented in the other fishery regions,” – concluded Stanislav Fomin.