WWF-Russia: the Ministry of Agriculture should ensure the independence of observers on board fishing vessels
The Ministry of Agriculture has posted a draft Statute of service on vessels of the Russian fishing fleet. The subject of regulation of the Statute is the organization of the service and the legal status of the crew members. According to environmentalists, the document needs serious enhancements.The role of the observer, as well as his rights to the fishing vessel, remains extremely uncertain. The revision of the Statute proposed by the Ministry of Agriculture, on the one hand, classifies observers as members of a scientific and technical service, which is created only on research vessels; on the other hand, the document still allows observers to work on fishing and fish processing vessels. However, in the second case, the legal position of the observer will be completely determined by the captain.