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Премия рунета 2017

WWF: Strengthening of fishing load on the Amur has led to disastrous consequences

04 october 2017
Speaking at a press conference on the protection of the Amur River ecosystem, Igor Chestin, director of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), noted that the current practices of the fishing industry has led to social tensions in the region.

Indigenous small numbered peoples that live along the Amur River have faced a problem of fish scarcity for several years now: the fishing companies of Nikolaev district of the Khabarovsk Region, which received plots in the lower reaches of the Amur estuary, extract the main part of salmon migrating to spawn. So-called “rides” block the way from the sea and prevent it from entering the spawning zone causing irreparable damage to the river's biological resources.

Local residents, for whom fishing is one of the main resources, also suffer from industrial. The catastrophic decline in the number of fish in the river leads to the loss of jobs and, as a result, the livelihoods. This deteriorates the well-being of settlements and encourages people to engage in poaching.

"Scientists have warned of low salmon arrival in the south this year, to which the control system responded with increased fishing effort. At the time when on the contrary it was necessary to take fewer and let more to pass for spawning, the fishing load was increased, which led to disastrous consequences for renewable resources. Choosing between the income of the fishery industry and the food security of the population the wrong choice has been made. This criminal approach should be the subject of an investigation", Igor Chestin said.

As a result of the press conference a working group has been established to analyze the issue, the discussion will continue on October 13 in the Public Chamber.

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