By Natalya Kovalenko
Russia and the US will jointly fight against illegal fishing. This agreement has been reached by the Russian Federal Agency of Fishery and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Russian-US agreement on counter-measures against illegal fishing is expected to be signed in May.
It is not only the Russian fishing industry that suffers from illegal fishing for crab in the Russian Far East.
Law-abiding Alaska fishermen sustain considerable losses because poachers force down prices and make fishing for crab unprofitable, the head of the Committee for Fishery and Aquaculture at the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Herman Zverev says.
“The agreement between Russia and the US, aimed at barring, overcoming and preventing illegal and unregulated fishing, is the only effective way of fighting against poaching. Such agreements provide an opportunity to close the market for illegal products. Russia has successful experience of implementing such an agreement with South Korea. This has considerably reduced illegal deliveries of crab to South Korean ports. Still, the US remains one of the largest markets for illegal crab sales. Americans themselves admit this.”
According to The Wall Street Journal, due to the multifold-increased volumes of illegal crab obtained in Russian territorial waters, prices for the catches of legal Alaska crabbers have dropped by 25% over one year – between $5 and $17 per 1 kilo depending on the kind of crab. More....