Russia has joined the International Year of the Salmon
An official ceremony took place in the framework of The Second Global Fishery Forum in Saint-Petersburg on September 15. The head of Russia’s Federal Fishery Agency Ilya Shestakov, the president of NASCO Joannes Hansen, the president of NPAFC Suam Kim, and renowned Canadian scientist Dr. Richard Beamish participated in the ceremony.
The preparation to the IYS started several years ago by the efforts of the scientific community. Intergovernmental organizations, like the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) and the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO), raised this initiative to the height of the international level. According to the IYS framework, a number of events will be conducted worldwide starting in autumn 2018 up to the end of the year 2019. The events will raise awareness of what humans can do to better ensure salmon and their varied habitats in different parts of salmon’s areal. The IYS will stimulate research works and expeditions, environmental outreach activity, raising transparency and establishing better control over fisheries, interception of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
The stable condition of wild salmon populations can be threatened by natural and anthropogenic factors nowadays. The global climate change encourages many species to change their habitats. Anthropogenic activities include a vast number of threats from poaching to marine ecosystems pollution.
The salmon is the key element of freshwater and marine ecosystems, driving mass redistribution of nutrients. The salmon is the basis of the traditional way of life of many nations and civilizations, which appeared due to the salmon stocks abundance.
Salmon fishery and salmon aquaculture play an important role in the economy of many countries and local coastal communities. The salmon is an essential part of the ration for many people around the world.
The photo in the head - press-office of the Russian Federal Fishery Agency