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Премия рунета 2017

Volunteers will protect the Avacha River from poachers

03 july 2018
The Regional Public Foundation “Save salmon TOGETHER!” with support from WWF-Russia will create a volunteers’ camp on one of the most troublesome (in case of poaching) rivers of Kamchatka.

The Avacha River runs through the most populated area of the region. For a long time, salmon populations of the Avacha River are influence by heavy pressing caused by illegal fishermen. The presence of indigenous people’s fishing grounds and anglers worsens the situation. These groups of fishermen suffer directly from the poachers’ activity.

“WWF-Russia has experience of withstanding poaching activity. For a number of years, WWF-Russia together with the Regional Public Foundation “Save salmon TOGTHER!” supported volunteers on the Bolshaya River in Ust-Bolsheretsky district, Kamchatka. Following WWF’s pattern, a fishery association took poaching activity under control on the Bolshaya River. There was no need for WWF’s participation anymore. Thus, we decided to move our patrolling station to another troublesome river,” says Sergey Rafanov, the director of WWF-Russia’s Kamchatka/Bering Sea Ecoregional Office.

The volunteers’ camp will appear in Elizovo, near an outreach center “Land of fish and fish-eater”. A training center for volunteers will be located here as well.

“Our outreach center meant to be not only a salmon museum or a place for public to meet and discuss vital issues of fishery in Kamchatka. We wanted it to become a training center for those who voluntarily want to withstand poaching in the region. We are sure that the problem of poaching activity must be highlighted by all means possible, including efforts of public activists, journalists and all non-indifferent dwellers of Kamchatka,” says Sergey Vakhrin, the president of the Regional Public Foundation “Save salmon TOGETHER!”.

Anyone can become a volunteer and participate in patrolling of the Avacha River this summer. Inspectors of the State Inspection of Small Vessels will cooperate with volunteers and participate in patrolling either. Patrolling operations will be aimed at searching and locating illegal activity on the river. All the cases spotted will be mapped and the information about them sent to the monitoring institutions. The volunteers’ camp will continue its work until September.

© picture in the head - Sergey Vakhrin

For additional information please contact
Head of WWF Kamchatka/Bering Sea Ecoregional Office