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The State Ecological Expertise (SER) for the generally accepted catch (TAC) of killer whales and beluga whales for 2019 has been completed, the experts who conducted it did not completely agree with the Federal Agency for Fisheries, Interfax reports with reference to Andrei Strelnikov, head of the Federal Department for Rosprirodnadzor.
“The state examination of materials of marine mammals‘ ODE has been completed. Rosrybolovstvo requested for 2019 the generally accepted catch of 13 killer whales and about 200 belugas. But our independent experts, whom we attracted to the examination, did not completely agree with the experts of the Federal Agency for Fishery, ”he said.
“This is where our powers end. What further Rosrybolovstvo will do – this question should be asked to them, ”A. Strelnikov added.
Dmitry Lisitsyn, head of the regional public organization (ROO) Sakhalin Environmental Watch, told the agency that, in essence, the SER had rejected the TAC for killer whales and belugas.
“I phoned today with the executive secretary of the commission of this state examination Elena Abdiryaeva. She reported that the TAC materials for belugas were considered unfounded, the number of killer whales was too high. That is, in fact, this means that the state expert examination rejected the TAC for both belugas and killer whales, ”he stated.
According to him, the expert committee of the SEE “recommended to conducting only scientific fishing of these animals.”
As reported, at the end of October, Greenpeace Russia and the Sakhalin Environmental Watch public organization stated that the aviary bay of Srednyaya in the south of Primorye Territory for the purpose of subsequent sale to foreign oceanariums illegally kept 11 killer whales and 90 belugas. According to ecologists, large marine mammals are kept in close enclosures, which can be disastrous for them.
The Vladivostok Interdistrict Environmental Prosecutor’s Office, together with the local Rosselkhoznadzor and the Territorial Maritime Administration of the Rosprirodnadzor and the regional border guards of the FSB, are conducting an inspection. On November 16, the Investigative Department of the TFR in the Primorsky Territory opened a criminal case on the fact of the illegal catch of killer whale and beluga whales, which are kept in the bay of Central Primorsky Krai (part 3 of article 256 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
Last weekend, animal defenders held pickets in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Vladivostok to demand the release of marine mammals from the “whale prison” in Srednaya Bay.
Source: Maritime News of Russia