Trading Tails: Linkages Between Russian Salmon Fisheries and East Asian Markets 13/11/2007
Author: TRAFFIC (Shelley Clarke)
This report claims that East Asian countries are importing between 50 and 90% more Russian Sockeye salmon than Russia is reporting as caught. Possible reasons for the under-estimate include illegal catches or fishermen not reporting fully how much salmon they catch, or flaws in the Governments reporting system itself. The report recommends a package of measures to bring the Far East salmon fishery and its market under control. They include stricter government controls on ports and other customs borders; stopping the transfer of salmon cargoes between vessels at sea; better co-operation between Russia and East Asian port state control authorities to monitor all vessels operating in Russian waters and to share information on counterfeiting and other import documentation irregularities; more transparency in the use of bonded warehouse facilities; stepping up of random cargo inspections; and better labelling and traceability of salmon products.