The IX International Forum

Arctic: today and the future

December 05-07, 2019, St.Petersburg


Russia will remain the only member of the agreement on fishing in the Arctic


Russia will remain the only member of the agreement on fishing in the Arctic

Systematic joint studies of the biological resources of the Arctic seas by the members of the international agreement on the prevention of unregulated fishing in the Arctic will begin no earlier than in a few years. This was announced at the conference in Arkhangelsk by Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery Vasily Sokolov.

It should be reminded that the agreement was signed on October 3, 2018 between Russia, the USA, Canada, Denmark (for the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Norway, Iceland, Japan, China, the Republic of Korea and the European Union. Its goal is to create an international legal framework for the regulation of fisheries in the area.

According to scientists of the countries parties to the Agreement, information on the state of the ecosystem, and especially its changes due to climate warming, is extremely insufficient to begin "corrections of mistakes."

"It’s all about funding work and cooperation between states, said Vasily Sokolov. - Of course, research can be started by each state separately as part of national programs and this is provided for by the Agreement. A joint program can be approved after all countries have joined the agreement. So far, only we have joined him (Russia - ed.)".

The Federal Agency for Fishery hopes that it will take about two years for all its members to join the Agreement. And only after that the program of joint actions will be approved.

"It is necessary to unite efforts to preserve the central Arctic and its rational exploitation. It is extremely difficult to do. The specific action mechanism has not been developed. Unfortunately, we must now take steps not only to coordinate scientific research, but in general to prevent unregulated fishing outside the jurisdiction of countries," said Sokolov.

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