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03.02.2009 UNDP/GEF and WWF-Russia held a joint press-conference in January on Salmon Poaching in Kamtchatka

On January 29th, 2009, the UNDP/GEF Project Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wild Salmonid Biological Diversity in Russias Kamchatka Peninsula and WWF-Russias Marine Program held a joint press-conference at RIA Novosti, entitled Salmon Poaching: How Russias wealth is destroyed.



The press-conference recapitulated the findings from a three-year research project on illegal salmon fishing in Russia (mostly in the Pacific region under WWF-Russias Marine Program) and the results of UNDP/GEF work on the Concept for the abatement of illegal salmon fishing (poaching) in Kamchatka.



As part of the UNDP/GEF Project Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wild Salmonid Biological Diversity in Russias Kamchatka Peninsula a Regional Concept for the abatement of Illegal Salmonid Fishing in Kamchatka was prepared in 2008. The document was developed with the participation of the Russian Federal Fishery Agency and the All-Russian Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO) and was available at the press-conference. An important contribution to the preparation of the text was made by experts from research institutes, representatives of governmental institutions, NGOs and private sector, involved in fishery and marine resources. The publication contains information about poaching, analyzes economic and social factors and consequences of illegal fishing in Kamchatka, and assesses the legal and functional aspects of salmon conservation in Russia. Moreover, the Concept brings together different proposals from various research institutes and NGOs with the objective to design a global strategy for the fight against illegal Pacific salmon fishing in Kamchatka.



Among the participants of the press-conference were representatives of the Russian Federal Fishery Agency, Head of Department for governmental control and protection of renewable marine resources and for the regulation of fishery Mikhail Kumantsov and Head of the Unit for expeditionary research on marine resources Serguei Maximov. Participants also included the chief of the laboratory of salmon reproduction of VNIRO Vsevolod Lehman, the coordinator of the WWF-Russia Marine Program Konstantin Zgurovsky and the manager a.i. of the UNDP/GEF Project Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wild Salmonid Biological Diversity in Russias Kamchatka Peninsula Vladimir Pishelev.

The press-conference was attended by journalists from around 15 press agencies, including the magazine Nauka i Zhizn and the monthly Rybak rybaka. Their pertinent questions conveyed their profound interest in the issue and in the speeches given by the participants of the conference.

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