There is no king salmon to fish in the Bolshaya river in Kamchatka
King salmon is the biggest one of Pacific salmon species. Half a century ago, angler caught king salmon as heavy as 45 kg. The size and number of king salmon in catches was decreasing gradually. However, fishermen are still eager to catch one of these fish. However, commercial fishing for king salmon was shut down ten years ago on the Bolshaya River, and there is only a small quota for recreational fishing.
A year ago, WWF-Russia sent a letter to VNIRO (Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography) expressing concerns about recreational fishing which could have had negative impact on king salmon stocks due to poor control management.
It is hard to point out a certain cause of such sudden lack of permits, but it is definitely not due to high number of fishermen. Taking into account this year’s pandemic, one would assume there is a very low number of recreational fishermen from other regions of Russia and other countries, if any at all. WWF-Russia experts suggested that authorities may have imposed stricter control.