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The results of public monitoring of summer salmon run in the Amur River

08 october 2019
Social activists, the members of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North of Khabarovsky province have returned from their expeditions organized with support of WWF Russia to check the filling of the main spawning sites of summer chum and pink salmon and to carry out public control over the summer-run in the Amur River.

In recent years, the number of Pacific salmon, especially summer chum salmon, coming to the Amur tributaries to spawn has been decreasing considerably. This issue is regularly discussed in the mass media and in social networks.


Public control over the salmon summer-run in the Amur River
Alexander Frolenok
In late July - early August, representatives of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North of Khabarovsky province headed to the Amur River lower reaches to assess the situation of the summer fishing season 2019 under the ban on commercial fishing. They organized several patrols along the rivers near Nikolaevsk-on-Amur and confirmed that the ban on commercial fishing for summer chum was in place. For the first time in many years, the Amur was free of stationary fishing gear during salmon summer-run, and commercial fishing was not conducted.

Later on, at the end of August, social activists went to spawning sites to assess the summer chum salmon entering spawning grounds at the end of the spawning season under the conditions of industrial fishing ban.

Lyubov Odzyal, president of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North of Khabarovsky province
Alexander Frolenok
“Very few fish. We can say that the fish was not there, especially pink salmon. It is possible that salmon population in these rivers is completely exhausted. This year, our public monitoring confirmed that it is necessary to introduce a ban on the commercial fishing of summer salmon in the Amur River for at least 5-8 years, and support monitoring of filling spawning grounds with summer chum and pink salmon. In future, we would like to continue this work, which shows the real level of Amur salmon reproduction,” comments Lyubov Odzyal, president of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North of Khabarovsky province.
Public monitoring brigade patrols the rivers in Khabarovsky province
Alexander Frolenok
“The system of public monitoring has been developed in the Amur basin since last year with WWF support. It involves pre-trained representatives of indigenous peoples as patrol members. In autumn 2018, volunteer brigades first examined the spawning grounds of autumn chum salmon on the main spawning tributaries of the Amur - Amguni, Anyui, Tunguska. This year, social activists also surveyed the spawning grounds of summer chum and pink salmon in three districts of Khabarovsky province. In the autumn season fishermen were able to fish only 7.6 thousand tons out of 13,000 tons of autumn chum salmon allowed for fishing in Khabarovsky province. In order to stabilize the situation with salmon in the Amur, it is necessary to introduce the mandatory practice of taking into account the actual filling of spawning grounds after fishing,” commented Olga Cheblukova, protected areas coordinator of WWF Russia Amur branch.
Public monitoring brigade inspects the rivers in Khabarovsky province
Alexander Frolenok
For additional information please contact
Project Coordinator of Protected Areas Unit, WWF Russia Amur Branch