Delegates from 12 countries to visit Vladivostok fishery congress

VLADIVOSTOK, August 14 (Itar-Tass) — Delegates from 12 countries and nine Russian regions will gather in Vladivostok, Russia’s Far East, for the 6th international fishery congress on September 6-7.

The congress will bring together representatives from Britain, Spain, Germany, Norway, the United States, Japan and North Korea as well as all Russian fish-rich regions of the Far East, the Murmansk region, the Moscow region and Moscow.

The congress will focus on modernization of Russia’s fishing industry.

“Undoubtedly, this theme is very pressing for the fishing community. Under the word ‘modernization” we mean not only improvement of fishing instruments and vessels, but also the upgrading of the system itself, including management and human resources,” the Primorsky Territory vice-governor, Igor Uleisky, said earlier this week.

Among keynote speakers at the forum will be Primorsky Territory governor Sergei Darkin, Russian fisheries agency chief Andrei Krainy, representatives of the Federation Council, the State Duma and the World Bank.

Delegates will also discuss food security, environment-friendly and legal principles of fishing, investment attractiveness, certification, aquaculture development and renovation of the fishing fleet.

The fishery congress has been held in Vladivostok since 2003. Most often decisions taken at the forum become reflected in Russia’s laws. Thus, fishing companies repeatedly raised the issue of introducing long-term quotas. As a result, in 2008 the Russian government introduced ten-year fishing quotas.

Last year over 400 delegates from 15 countries, including Australia, Britain, Germany, India, the U.S. and Japan, attended the congress focusing on investments in Russia’s fishing industry and operation of the world fish market.

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