Russia will not give up the ban on drift-net salmon fishing, despite significant resistance. Last year the President of Russian Federation signed law about banning of the drift-net fishing in the ways of spawning migrations of anadromous fish species, which include salmon in particular. The discussion about drift-net fishing has been going on for many years. The opponents of this type of bio-resources consider it the most barbarous, is detrimental to fish stocks, while supporters consider that it will put the Russian fishermen in unequal position on the market in comparison with US producers.
“It was hard to take decision on this drift-net-fishing and we expect such resistance. But the question is resolved”, said the President of Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. “We explained to our foreign partners, including Japan, that the ban of drift-net salmon fishing is not about them, but about the environment, the preservation of our fish stock”, added the president.
The net fishing, or also known as trawling, is also disturb the ecological balance and prevent the multiplication of salmon. The supporters of this fishing method are convinced that it is right to catch fish in the exclusive economic zone of Russia and Japan. The ban of such fishing will put the Russian fishermen in unequal competitive conditions, out of the market and will support the export of American Salmon to Japan and Russia. According to many expets, such ban of drift-net salmon fishing will have a serious impact of local economies of Russian states.
On other side, the opponents of drift-net-fishing consider it the most barbarous, is detrimental to fish stocks.
According to the Federal Agency for Fishery, the share of drift-net-fishing has no more than 3% of harvested Pacific salmon. Japan annually allocated quota within 10-11 thousand tons. Japanese fishing of salmon on a reimbursable basis, providing modern equipment Russian hatcheries.