EU Commissioner for Fisheries called Russian fishermen to responsibly manage resources of seas and oceans
The exhibition was held in Moscow from 26 to 28 October 2010 and brought together representatives of fishermen, fish processors and traders.
The exhibition also hosted a meeting of the Public Council of Rosrybolovstvo. WWF proposals on the development of ecological certification were approved and were included in the draft of the Council’s resolution.
Ecological certification standards for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the voluntary implementation of a system for tracking fish travel «from ship to counter» or 'from boat to throat”, received wide support among the fishermen and fishery industry managers. German Zverev, President of Russia's largest association of fishermen - Association of pollock fishermen (with annual catches of about one million tons), called ecological certification a command of time, without which environmentally responsible market will be closed for Russian fish. Representatives of largest companies - BAMR from Primorye and Vityaz-Avto from Kamchatka – also supported certification of fisheries in their speeches.
«Now our challenge, as one of the organizations which created MSC standards, is to ensure that all standards of responsible fishing, including concern about the state of stocks, minimization of damage to marine ecosystems, efficient and responsible management and monitoring of biological resources are fully taken into account in the certification of fisheries in Russia. We intend not only to criticize but also to suggest ways of solving existing problems», - said Konstantin Zgurovsky, Head of WWF Russia Marine Programme.
In November WWF together with MSC plan a workshop for fishermen, with the support of the Union of Fishermen of the North.
The Council also decided to establish a working group on eco-certification, which will include representatives of the Union and WWF.