The LFA takes an active part in the Russian and international activities devoted to different problems in the fishery industry and to the protection of aquatic biological resources; presents reports at the congresses, forums and conferences, participates in the exhibitions, round tables and in sports events.


14 - 17 September 2021

First All-Russian Conference of Fisheries Observers – Kaliningrad, Russia

In September, Kaliningrad hosted the first Russian conference dedicated to the work of scientific observers on fishing vessels. The organizing committee of the conference was represented by Federal Fishery Agency (FFA) and Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO). The event was attended by the FFA representatives, FFA and academic research institutes, WWF Russia and two fishery associations including LFA.

At the conference, LFA, together with representatives of WWF Russia - Konstantin Zgurovsky and Tatiana Shuvalova, presented a report  «Provision of Scientific Observers”: Experience of Application in the Longline Fishery Association and Proposals for Further Development of the Scientific Monitoring System on Fishery Vessels». The proposals announced in the presentation were included in the resolution for the conference and were also planned to be published in the materials of the conference.

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30 October - 1 November 2019

China Fisheries & Seafood Expo 2019 – Qingdao, China

Qingdao hosted the 24th China Fisheries & Seafood Expo. About 1.6 thousand companies from over 50 countries took part in the event. The national exposition of the Russian Federation was organized under the auspices of the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency and turned out to be the largest in the history of the country's participation in the exhibition: more than 30 Russian companies, including LFA members, took part in it.

At the exhibition, a certificate on the compliance of the Pacific cod and Pacific halibut longline fishery in the western Bering Sea with the standards of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) was solemnly awarded to the LFA representatives. On behalf of the Federal Fisheries Agency LFA was congratulated by Petr Savchuk, deputy head of the department, head of the Russian delegation in Qingdao. The award ceremony was also attended by the MSC Chief Executive Rupert Howes.

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16 April 2019

All-Russian Conference of Fishery Employees - Moscow, Russia

On April 16, the All-Russian Conference of Fishery Employees, organized by the All-Russia association of the fishery enterprises, entrepreneurs and exporters (VARPE), the All-Russian Association of Employers of the Fisheries Industry and the Russian Fishery Workers Union, took place in Moscow.

The event was attended by representatives of federal and regional government bodies, scientific organizations, enterprises of the fishing industry and fishery unions and associations, including LFA. The Conference discussed the problematic issues of the Russian fisheries and the prospects for its development in the coming years.

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Within the framework of the Conference business program the LFA President Vyacheslav Bychkov presented a report on the problem issues of introducing the e-logbook software into practice on the fishing vessels.

In the decision of the Conference it was decided to take into account the comments and proposals of fisheries associations and enterprises (including those prepared by LFA) when adopting a new version of the Fisheries Rules for the Far Eastern Fisheries Basin regarding the establishment of separate fishing quotas for the halibut species (Pacific and  Greenland halibuts, Arrowtooth flounder).

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15-16 February 2018

Scientific-Practical Conference “Science of the Sea in the Interests of Russia” - Vladivostok, Russia

On February 15 and 16, Russky Island, Vladivostok, hosted the scientific-practical conference organized by the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency and Russian Academy of Sciences. Representatives of the federal and regional governments, Russian Academy of Sciences, FFA research institutes, educational institutions, fisheries ventures and industry associations including the LFA participated in the event.

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The main theme of the conference was “Integrated target program of scientific research in the interest of Russian fisheries for  2018-2022 with the perspective up to 2030” worked out  under the direction of the Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO). As part of the conference program, three round tables, where experts discussed topical issues of marine biology, aquaculture and the effects of climate change, were held.

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 14-16 September 2017

Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo – Saint Petersburg, Russia

From 14 - 16 of October the Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo were held in Saint Petersburg. It was the first time the Russian Federation organized and hosted such a major event in the fish industry. Delegations and business representatives from more than 50 countries took part in the Forum. More than 200 Russian and foreign companies participated in the exhibition.

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The Forum program was devoted to the discussion of the trends of the global fish market and the development strategy of the fish industry of the Russian Federation, the expansion of international trade and economic relations, scientific and technical cooperation as well as to the issues of sustainable fisheries and responsible use of marine resources. The major event at the Forum was the plenary meeting “Global view on fisheries in the world’s oceans: cooperation or competition?”, where the Minister of agriculture of the Russian Federation Aleksandr Tkachov and Deputy Minister of agriculture of the Russian Federation – the head of the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency Ilya Shestakov took part. Besides, the Minister of Fisheries of Norway, the Minister of agriculture and fisheries of Morocco, the President of Japan Fishing Association as well as representatives of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the General fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) also took part in the discussion.

One of the six panel sessions provided by the forum program was devoted to the issues of non-state systems of fisheries certifications. At that session project manager for certification and improvement of the fisheries of the LFA Tatiana Shulezhko presented a report “The project of improvement of the longline Pacific cod and Pacific halibut fisheries in the North Western part of the Pacific ocean”. The bilingual presentation of the report is attached here.

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12-13 September 2017

MSC Training Seminar – Saint Petersburg, Russia

In anticipation of the Global Fishery Forum Marine Stewardship Council set up in Saint Petersburg a two-day training seminar on methods of fisheries evaluation under MSC standard. Employees of the MSC Department of science and standards– Hannah Norbury and Stephanie Good, also MSC Regional Director for Europe Camiel Derichs and MSC consultants for Russia Vassily Spiridonov and Anisia Shepeleva were invited to conduct the seminar.

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The aim of the seminar was training and skills enhancement of the Russian specialists to ensure the development of the MSC program on evaluation and certification of fisheries in Russia. It is assumed that in future the trained professionals will make up the main body of experts who are in demand in the following areas:

  • for customers of certification – fisheries associations and individual businesses;
  • as members of evaluation teams of the companies - certifiers;
  • as reviewers of the certification reports;
  • as experts of the fisheries institutions and public organizations, working with certification clients.

At the seminar each principle of MSC standard was given a detailed review, the participants were offered different training exercises. Besides, there was raised a problem of MSC terminology and its translation into Russian.

Project Manager for certification and improvement of the fisheries of the LFA Tatiana Shulezhko took part in the seminar. Upon completion, the participants received certificates about the MSC training course.


24 March 2017

MSC Round Table – Moscow, Russia

The LFA took part in the MSC round table devoted to the main achievements of MSC activities in Russia and promotion of certified fish products on the domestic market.

The biggest fishery companies of the country as well as representatives of fish processing companies, restaurant business and trade networks participated in the event.

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During the discussions it was pointed out that at the moment the main driver for certification for domestic companies is the demand of foreign buyers, however, in the nearest future one should be prepared for the demand for products from environmentally responsible fisheries from the Russian market as well. Promotion of certified fish products in Russia was announced as one of priority directions of MSC activities in the nearest future.

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15 September 2015

Cup of Peter the Great Bay” Regatta – Vladivostok, Russia

The LFA responded to the appeal of the sport club “Veterans and Sea Cadets of the Navy” and sponsored a sailing yacht in the annual all-Russian sailing regatta “Cup of Peter the Great Bay”. The goal of participation was to support sailing and the promotion of environmental projects undertaken by the Association.

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25 March 2015

Seafood Expo North America - Boston, USA

On March 25 in Boston at the International exhibition Seafood Expo North America a round table was held on sustainability of fisheries in the Far East organized by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP). The discussion was attended by Russian associations involved in fisheries improvement projects: the Longline Fishery Association (LFA), the Pollock Catchers Association (PCA), the Crab Catchers Association (CCA) and large international buyers and fish processors, as well as a number of environmental organizations.

At the exhibition in Boston companies - members of the LFA participated in the negotiations with major foreign suppliers of fish products. The President of the LFA M.A. Zaitsev made a report on the current progress of the Fishery Improvement Project, being realized jointly with SFP. During the existence of the Project, streamer lines were tested and introduced on ships to reduce seabird bycatch, scientific observers started collecting data on by-catches on board of the LFA vessels. The report also touched upon the challenges the LFA faces while preparing for the MSC certification. One of the mentioned problems was the lack of accredited certification companies in Russia. As a result all materials for certification should be prepared in English which slows down the process and requires significant additional costs.


4 November 2014

Global Sustainable Seafood Forum – Qingdao, China

On 4 November in the city of Tsindao there was held II International conference on sustainable fisheries. The event was organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Association (CAPPMA). The conference was devoted to sustainability of world fisheries and traceability of fish product supplies.

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Within the framework of the Forum a round table was held dedicated to combating IUU fishing and marketing of seafood. The LFA, the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Association, the World Wildlife Fund and the Crab Catchers Association took part in the discussion.


25 August 2014

Scientific and Production Meeting of Russian Fisheries – Moscow, Russia

25 August in Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO) under the chairmanship of Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency (FFA) V.I. Sokolov there was held a scientific-production meeting “Sustainable fisheries and environmental certification”.

FFA Department of Science and Education, the Marine Stewardship Council, the Sustainable Fishery Partnership, the World Wildlife Fund, fishery scientific institutes and fishery associations including the LFA took part in the meeting. The President of the LFA M.A. Zaitsev presented a report in which he expressed readiness of the member companies of the LFA to conduct fishing responsibly and in the future to prove the conformity of their fisheries to the criteria of the international environmental standards.

The meeting noted that the creation of a system of systematic scientific monitoring which meets the environmental standards will allow the FFA Department of Science and Education to obtain detailed data about the status of fish stocks, the impact of fishing on the environment and marine ecosystems which are important for the improvement of stock assessment methods.


24 July 2014

Round Table of the Russian Government and WWF - Moscow, Russia

The LFA participated in the round table “Integrated management of marine natural resources in the Russian Federation” organized by the Analytical center of the Government of the Russian Federation together with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).


22 April 2014

Joint Seminar of the MSC and the Institute of Oceanology – Moscow, Russia

 The LFA participated in a joint seminar of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, RAS, on the subject "Environmental aspects of fisheries and the program of the Marine Stewardship Council”.

 At the workshop, Camiel Derichs, Director of the European branch of the MSC, spoke about how market mechanisms work for the improvement of fisheries. Vassily Spiridonov, MSC consultant in Russia, spoke about the impact of trawl and longline fisheries on marine ecosystems and possible ways to reduce it.