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WWF-Russia specified the main threats for Pacific salmon in Kamchatka

21 may 2019
A scientific workshop entitled “Pacific salmon in the world of human relations” took place in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. In the framework of the workshop, WWF-Russia presented a report on the human activities most detrimental to salmon.

In his book “Salmon without rivers”, a famous fisheries biologist Jim Lichatowich emphasized that there is no single threat to its existence but the whole number of them in every habitat, for the whole life cycle of salmon. With every contact made to industrial economy, from a river spring to an estuary, salmon fights a losing battle for habitat.

“As for Kamchatka, the list of threats for salmon includes irrational fishing and poaching, logging and melioration, activity of mining companies and hydro energy plants. A huge threat is the measures which people undertake to compensate negative impact of all forenamed activities by conducting artificial salmon breeding,” said the Sustainable Marine Program Coordinator of WWF-Russia’s Kamchatka Office Sergey Korostelev.

The workshop mostly focused on the importance of salmon for indigenous people of Kamchatka. There were several specialists on salmon conservation from Alaska among the participants of the event, as well as scientists from Russian scientific institutions and representatives of indigenous communities. They discussed topics on biological, economic, and cultural value of salmon, habitat protection and development of scientific knowledge about salmon lifecycle.

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Project coordinator (Sustainable fishery project coordinator)