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Russia: Increase in period of allocation of fishing quotas mooted
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:00

The third National Congress of the Fisheries Industry in Moscow in February was addressed by Andrey Krainy, Head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries

and First Deputy Prime Minister Victor Zubkov who is responsible for fisheries in the federal government. Mr Zubkov said that the assignment of quotas would not change after 2018, when the ten-year period of fishing quotas now in force ends and suggested that proposals to increase the period of quota allocation from 10 to 20 years were being considered. This indirectly confirmed that there were no plans to re-allocate quotas as part of the programme to expand and modernise the fishing fleet. Despite this, the representative from Kamchatka, Sergey Timoshenko underlined the necessity to declare a moratorium on changing the fishery law on issues relating to quota assignment. This would reassure quota owners and facilitate the long-term planning of their business. Delegates to the Congress included representatives from the marine and inland fishery, science and education, aquaculture, fish processors, retailers and wholesalers, the transport industry, ship-builders, trade unions, as well as fisheries administrators.

Although the justifications varied, a common thread running through virtually all the speeches was the suggestion to replace the Federal Agency of Fisheries with a full scale federal ministry of fisheries. This was incorporated in the draft resolution from the Congress which also included articles on the 20-year allocation of quotas, exemption of VAT on imported fishing vessels, measures to stimulate the construction of fishing vessels in Russia, and the development of a national system of traceability for fish and seafood.

The next national congress will be held three years hence in 2015.