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Events and facts July 26, 2007

Primorye fishermen are getting ready for the Saury season

Preparation for the Saury fishing in 2007 became the theme of the working conference at the Administration of the Primosky territory. There participated to the conference the Head of the Fishery Department of the Administration of the Primosky territory, Igor Uleyskiy, Vice-president of the association of the Primorye fishery industry companies, Peter Churkin, leaders of the Primorye enterprises engaged in Saury fishing, as well as specialists of the TINRO-Center, ROSSELKHOZNADZOR and other agencies.

According to Peter Churkin, Saury is strategically important catching specie for the Primorye fishermen.

In the processing of this fish (the final product is mainly the canned fish) there is engaged a significant part of the Primorye population, thus because of the success of the Saury season there depends the preservation of jobs for Primorye fish processors. However the Saury catching is one of the most complicated types of fishing. That is why we must do all our best for the Saury season of this year to be a success - the APFIC Vice-president said.

According to the TINRO-Center specialists, the synoptic and hydrologic conditions in the Saurys fishing grounds permit to start an effective catching of this specie in mid-September. Nevertheless in general, the Saury season of 2007 promises to be a stable one.

So, this year the industrial quotas to catch this specie were allocated to 14 Primorye based companies, the quotas for them amounts to 43.9 thousand MT in the South-Kuril zone. There will be put 34 catching vessels and 8 receiving processors, 6 vessels are going to catch and process the fish onboard. Totally during the season its planned to use 80 thousand tons of quotas (own quotas and quotas of other users), i.e. quite 1.7 times as much as in 2006.

During the conference it was decided to establish the head-quarters of the Saury expedition 2007. Besides the companies leadership was advised to apply beforehand for the State Marine Inspection inspectors to be sent onboard their ship.

In the conclusion of the conference Igor Uleyskiy noted, that Saury catchers have enough problems at the catching. Solving of such specifically narrow problems should be the task of the Saury catchers association and Im quite sure the decision to establish such an association would mature soon.

Also during the conference the companies leaders engaged in Saury catching were informed about the Orders, issued by the RF Federal Security Service (FSB) 311 and the RF Ministry of agriculture, 324 of June 14, 2007, in regard to the system of marine control points ad the procedure of passing them by Russian and foreign vessels. Those orders are placed at the Internet site of the APFI information-analytical center: in the section documents.

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