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Премия рунета 2017

Russia has joined the International Year of the Salmon

18 september 2018
The decision to dedicate the next year to the problem of salmon conservation was announced during The Second Global Fishery Forum.

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 International Year of the Salmon (IYS-2019) is a milestone event for many nature conservation organizations around the world. WWF-Russia backs the initiative entirely. Nowadays, the Fund has several salmon conservation projects ongoing on the Kola Peninsula which is an important habitat of the Atlantic salmon. We pay much attention to the Pacific salmon conservation, we work to keep its stocks at sufficient level in the Russian Far East,” said the director of WWF-Russia Igor Chestin.

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

For additional information please contact
Director of the Sustainable Fishery Programme