High Pink salmon runs are expected in Kamchatka
Salmon fishing season of the previous year was completely unsuccessful for many Far-Eastern fisheries. Majorly, that was because of the contradictions between owners of different types of fishing gears. The government learnt the lesson and signed a number of changes of Fishery Regulation Rules for the companies which fish in the Russian Far East. The changes ban the simultaneous usage of set gillnets and pound nets on the same fishery plot.
If a fishery plot owner chooses to use set gillnets, he will not be able to install more than 20 of them. The length and height of set gillnets cannot exceed 120 meters and 9 meters respectively. The distance between lines of nets should be none less than 120 meters. Also, it is not allowed to install gillnets in checkboard order.
These measures seem to be highly useful. A pound net is economically effective only during high Pink salmon runs. In years, when fishermen knew that Pink salmon runs would be low, they preferred to have some kind of insurance and accompanied expensive pound nets with cheap gillnets. That resulted in higher pressure on valuable salmon species, such as Sockeye, Chum, and Coho.
However, according to this year forecast, fishermen will not need any gillnet insurance after all. Scientists from the Pacific Research Fishery Center (TINRO-Center) predict that a billion species of Pink salmon (1.2 million metric tons) are approaching the coastline of the Russian Far East.
Taking the forecast into account, the Russian Federal Fishery Agency encourages fishermen of the Russian Far East to use all fish processing fleet to support on-shore plants and prevent the tragedy of 1983.