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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
Financed by DEFRA
Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated - Pacific Salmon Fishing in Kamchatka
According to the authors, villagers in the Kamchatka peninsula are reliant on poaching salmon as almost their sole source of income. The report assesses the level of poaching in Kamchatka of five species of salmon - pink, chum, sockeye, Coho and Chinook - and analyses the importation of these species by countries in the region. According to the report, poaching of salmon on the spawning grounds has increased significantly, driven by a combination of factors including improved road access, Russia's economic situation, and an easing of the country's salmon trade regulations. The report says that improving the options for legal processing of fish, plus providing other forms of employment, for example through increased tourism to the region, would reduce the levels of illegally fished salmon. Improved local and federal law enforcement would also help in preserving salmon and salmon-based livelihoods for the people of Kamchatka.
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Eastern Europe and North Asia/Russian Federation