Barents shelf exploration shouldn't disturb fishery
The event titled “The ways to joint development of fishery and oil and gas industry in the Northern Basin” took place on 19 of October in Murmansk. The workshop was initiated by The Units of Fishermen of Norway and Russia and became the 2nd platform for discussion of urgent problems of two cross-border countries. The first meeting was organized by PINRO (Polar Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography) and WWF in October 2009.
“In Norway the government made the precondition for fishermen and oil and gas managers collaboration. It was Integrated management plan for Norwegian part of the Barents Sea, - commented Stanislav Fomin, WWF-Russia Marine Coordinator. – That’s why the Norwegian representatives actually shared the experience of successful cooperation with Russian side. We haven’t had such Plan yet despite of WWF efforts to start up the process. So the initiative for the dialog comes from the Russian and Norwegian fishermen, who are worried about the rapid development of oil and gas industry in our seas”.
Vyacheslav Zilanov, the Head of Fishery Industry Coordinating Council, legendary figure of Russian fishery mentioned:
“I’ve been working in fishery for 60 years and if the decision about drilling in the Arctic, particularly in the Barents, depends on me, I wouldn’t definitely make it. But we all understand, that it’s impossible to stop oil and gas expansion . That’s why vitally important to accept establish the special standards of hydrocarbonates production in the Arctic and to make priority for traditional activity – fishery”.
The discussion appeared to be live and actual. Accepted final resolution, including suggestions for no-go zones in the Barents, will be send to Russian and Norway governments in the nearest time.