Sea forests of the Barents Sea are under protection
The Fishing Industry Union of the North (FIUN), Norebo Group, JVC “Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet” and F.E.S.T. Group harvesting over 90% of Russian cod and haddock, by the bottom trawls, which have a negative impact on the seabed and its inhabitants in the fishing areas. In order to reduce this impact and preserve vulnerable ecosystems in accordance with the conditions of the MSC international environmental certification, fishermen together with WWF Russia identified special areas with valuable areas of sponges, corals and sea feathers.
The total area of three sites covers 14 thousand square miles, which fishermen will voluntarily avoid during fishing operations.
Also, on each vessel, fishermen and observers will record by-catch of bottom organisms. Information will be generated into a common database, processed and analyzed by scientists.
The next step, according to the signed agreement, is the development of a scientific observation program with competent scientific and environmental organizations, which will analyze the data obtained.
WWF Russia thanks for assistance in development of maps of vulnerable bottom areas of the Barents Sea: PINRO (Polar Branch of VNIRO), Zoological Institute and the Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, “Marine Info” LLC .