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Poaching on the seas loses Russia about one billion dollars a year
Poaching on the seas loses Russia about one billion dollars a year, according to a report the Audit Chamber presented at a parliamentary hearing on Thursday. The lawmakers at the hearing were discussing ways to perfect the legislation on the use of seafood. Poachers caught and smuggled out of Russia 128,000 tonnes of Kamchatka crab in the period from 1999 throughout 2004. Annual overcatch of cod in the Barents Sea reaches some 100,000 tonnes. The most difficult situation developed in the Caspian Sea, where the sturgeon fishing quotas are exceeded by 20 times. Deputy head of the Agriculture Ministry's department for fisheries policy Mikhail Glubokovsky called for banning the vessels, owned by non-residents, from fishing on the continental shelf and in the exclusive economic zone. Exceptions would apply only to the vessels fishing under Russia's international treaties, Glubokovsky said. Revival of sturgeon farms is one of the most important problems. The only possible way to protect this species, especially in the Caspian Sea basin, is to introduce state regulation of the turnover of sturgeon and products thereof, including caviar. To this end, it is necessary to draw a federal law, the official said. The participants in the hearing approved the recommendations urging the government to create a system of state support for fisheries companies, develop measures ensuring the delivery of the catch to Russia and involve lawmakers and senators in the work of international commissions on fishing. A report by the association of Maritime fisheries said the economic damage from illegal catches of crab and Alaska pollack in Russia's far east reaches at least 700 million dollars a year. The problem of poaching can be resolved if a decision is made on mandatory declaring of the size of the catch procured in the 200-mile Russian economic zone. Other measures should streamline registration procedures at Russian ports, phase cuts in customs duties on the fish brought to Russia and increase tariffs on exported fish, and introduce a special transitional period to help fisheries companies adapt to operation under new conditions.
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