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Defending the interests of the fishermen, the LFA conducts active work on elimination of administrative barriers in the fishing industry, takes an active part in the work of fishery councils and participates in the meetings of Advisory Council on the development of the fishery industry by Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev.

The Association has been a part of the Far Eastern Scientific and Fishery Council under the Federal Fishery Agency since 2015. Periodically, new fishing companies join the Association.

 

 

2018   4 September

LFA wrote an appeal to the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with a request to take into account the position of the fishery community regarding planned legislative changes in fishery and preservation of aquatic bioresources.

 

2018   12 July

LFA wrote an appeal to the Deputy Head of the Federal Fishery Agency P.S. Savchuk on the problems arising during the processing of veterinary documents for fish products using the Federal civil information system “Merkury”. In conclusion, the LFA pointed to the urgent necessity of the optimization of this process.

 

2018   2 July

Along with the other largest Russian fishery associations, LFA signed an appeal to the President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin which expresses their protest against the discussed in the latest government session suggestions on changing of the traditional system of fishing quotas shared between the fishery enterprises.    

 

2018   1 June

LFA appealed to the Deputy Minister of Agriculture - the Head of the Federal Fishery Agency I.V. Shestakov on the problem of killer whale depredation on longline and net catches in the Far East fishery basin.  

LFA asked to consider the possibility of excluding avoidance of contracts on quota share of production (catch) of living aquatic resources due to the under-exploitation of quotas caused by high level of killer whale depredation.

 

2018   26 April

LFA appealed to the Deputy Minister of Agriculture - the Head of the Federal Fishery Agency I.V. Shestakov on the acceleration of the timing of the biologically-based cod TAC increase in the Western Bering Sea, adopted on 20 March by the Board of Directors of the FFA research institutes.

 

2018   27 March

LFA was included in Expert Working Group on improving control and surveillance activities in the field of fisheries and conservation of aquatic biological resources, approved by a senior official of the priority program "Reform of Control and Supervisory Activities", the Minister of the Russian Federation, M.A. Abyzov.

Types of control (supervision):

- state supervision of the commercial navigation in terms of ensuring the safety of navigation of fishing fleet vessels in fishing areas while fishing;

- Federal state control in the field of fisheries and conservation of aquatic biological resources.

 

2018   12 February

The LFA prepared proposals for the amendments to the draft order (issued by the Russian Ministry of Agriculture) related to the procedure of fitting and performance control of the technical means of verification (TMV) installed on fishery vessels. The proposals were sent to the All-Russia association of the fishery enterprises, entrepreneurs and exporters (VARPE).

The necessity of the amendments was caused by the fact that at present service organizations implement sealing procedures without reliability guarantee, which might lead to the risk of seal loss, due to, for example, adverse weather conditions.

 

2018   25 January

The LFA wrote an appeal to the Deputy Head of the Federal Fishery Agency P.S. Savchuk on the prospects of participation of its members in the development of 2018 sardine and mackerel resources in EEZ of Japan granted to Russian Federation according to the decisions of the 34th session of the Japanese-Russian Fisheries Commission. The reason for this was the refusal of the FFA Primorsky Territorial Department to accept the LFA members’ applications for the respective fishing permits.

 

2018   22 January

By the decision of the LFA General Assembly Vyacheslav Borisovich Bychkov has been elected President of the Association. Prior to this, he worked in the LFA as vice president.

 

2018   22 January

The LFA was joined by two new members: the fishing company "Orion Pacific", Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and "Kalinin Fishing Collective Farm".

"Kalinin Fishing Collective Farm" is one of the leading exporters of ground fish products from Russia. The primary activities of the company are fishing, processing and sale. The company operates through subsidiaries in Murmansk, Archangelsk and Moscow, and markets its products worldwide. "Kalinin Fishing Collective Farm" has recently merged with RK (fishing collective farm) “Zarya” which prior to this was also the LFA member.

Read more about the "Kalinin Fishing Collective Farm": http://coldwaters.ru

 

2017   6 December

The LFA supported the initiative of the All-Russia association of the fishery enterprises, entrepreneurs and exporters (VARPE) and the Russian trade union of fishery industry workers for holding the IV Congress of the workers of the fishery industry of the Russian Federation and expressed its readiness to participate in the event.

 

The LFA wrote an appeal to the Deputy Head of the Federal Fishery Agency P.S. Savchuk where it suggested ways to improve the procedures related to the entry and departure of ships from the seaports of the Russian Federation. In particular, with the aim of optimization of the coastal fish processing performed by “Rybokombinat Ostrovnoy” (Shikotan Island) it was offered to set up a round-the-clock work schedule for the Customs Service of the Yuzhno-Kurilsk port.

 

2017   5 December

The LFA prepared the proposal suggesting the improvements of the procedure of passing the control points for Russian and foreign vessels when crossing the border of an exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation. The proposal was sent to the president of the All-Russia association of the fishery enterprises, entrepreneurs and exporters (VARPE) G.S. Zverev with the request to take it into consideration when writing the relevant appeal to the Russian Federal Fishery Agency (FFA).

 

2017   23 November

The LFA wrote an appeal to the Deputy Head of the Federal Fishery Agency P.S. Savchuk in which it suggested amendments to the latest revision of the Federal Act No. 166-FZ of 20 December 2004 on fishing and the preservation of biological water resources. The suggestions related to the distribution of the halibut quota shares.

Based on requests collected from fishing companies the LFA suggested considering every halibut species separately and defining quota shares for each of the species based on coefficients calculated from species TAC data for the previous 9 years.

 

2017   October-November

The LFA took an active part in testing of e-logbooks developed by the Federal Fishery AgencyIn total 13 LFA vessels participated in the e-logbook pilot project. The LFA summarized the results of testing and wrote a letter to A.S. Vilkin, the Head of the Center of Fishery Monitoring and Communications (CFMC) with the list of problems revealed by users during testing. The request to solve these problems during the preparation of the final version of e-logbook was also included in the letter.

In reply the LFA received the letter from CFMC in which the improvements made in the e-logbook software were listed and the operation manual for new settings was provided. However, some of the revealed problems remained unresolved. As a result the LFA wrote another letter to the Federal Fishery Agency in which expressed gratitude to the management of CFMS for quick response, described the remained problems and asked to consider them during further improvement of the e-logbook software.

Application of e-logbooks will provide online submission of electronically signed Daily Vessel Reports of catches together with data on fishing permits used and GPS position of vessels. A final version of e-logbook legislation is in preparation. The Government will adopt it by the end of 2017. The use of e-logbooks will become mandatory from 1 January 2018 with a potential transition period for some, mainly small-scale coast fisheries, without the required access to mobile communication or Internet.

 

2017   31 October

The Association requested the Deputy Head of the Federal Fishery Agency V.I. Sokolov to explain the new rules for imports of certain seafood products in USA. The request was based on many questions that the LFA got from fishing companies.

The Seafood Import Monitoring Program establishes for imports of certain seafood products, the reporting and recordkeeping requirements needed to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU)-caught and/or misrepresented seafood from entering U.S. commerce, thereby providing additional protections for our national economy, global food security and the sustainability of our shared ocean resources. NOAA Fisheries published the final rule establishing the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) on December 9, 2016.   This is the first-phase of a risk-based traceability program - requiring the importer of record to provide and report key data—from the point of harvest to the point of entry into U.S. commerce—on an initial list of imported fish and fish products identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and/or seafood fraud.  January 1, 2018 is the mandatory compliance date for this rule. 

 

2017   23 August

OOO “Rybokombinat Ostrovnoy” joined the LFA, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Fish processing plant “Ostrovnoy” is located on the Shikotan Island (Southern Kuril Islands). The company was founded in 1999 on the basis of production facilities of the former fish cannery No. 24, which was seriously damaged during the earthquake of 1993. The main products of the company – canned saury. "Ostrovnoy” is the world's only onshore enterprise located in the fishing ground of saury. In 2005 the factory passed the European certification of HACCP and received the right to export products to the EU under the number 10K. Besides canned products, the plant produces frozen fish found in the waters of Shikotan Island including sardine, pollock, cod, halibut, pink salmon, chum salmon and others.

 

2017   14 August

The Association requested the Deputy Minister of Agriculture - the Head of the Federal Fishery Agency I.V. Shestakov to consider the possibility of extending the time limits set for sealing the technical means of verification (TMV) installed on fishery vessels until December 31, 2017. Time limits were established earlier in “Methodological recommendations on sealing the equipment referring to the technical means of verification".


2017   26 May

The Association took part in the meeting with the Deputy Head of the Federal Fishery Agency, devoted to the issues of health certificates processing and the development of a uniform documentation procedure for the exported products.

 

2017   26 April

On the eve of holding public hearings on the issue of reducing administrative barriers in the fishing industry (May 2017), the LFA wrote to the Chairman of the Commission on agro-industrial complex and development of rural areas of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation E. Y. Uvarkina a letter in which it expressed its view on the problem and gave advice on possible ways of solving it.

 

2017   20 April

The LFA took part in the round table "Development of Russian fisheries in the open and remote areas of the World ocean: problems and perspectives", organized by the Federation Council Committee on agro-food policy and environmental management.

The LFA prepared materials about the problems that arise during the organization and implementation of fisheries in the high seas, and possible ways of their solution. Following the results of the round table the Federation Council Committee made recommendations, and the LFA, in response, put forward the proposals concerning the measures to restore full-scale Russian tuna fishery.

 

2017   13 April

The LFA wrote an appeal to the Deputy Minister of Agriculture - the Head of the Federal Fishery Agency I.V. Shestakov, in which it formulated proposals for the draft “Methodological recommendations on sealing the equipment referring to the technical means of verification” prepared by the Center of Fishery Monitoring and Communications (CFMC).

 

2016    20 February

The LFA participated in the meeting of the FFA Fish Industry Council on Fisheries Forecast, which considered the results of the fisheries in the Far East in 2015, and plans for the future.

Also on 20 February there was a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Far Eastern fisheries scientific organizations. The heads of the fishery associations, including the LFA, were invited to participate in the meeting.

 

2015   15 December

"Sigma marine technology" joined the LFA.

 The LFA was joined by a new member - the fishing company "Sigma marine technology", Khabarovsk.

OOO “Sigma marine technology” is a large rapidly developing fishing enterprise located in the Russian Far East. Together with the company “Tral Master” “Sigma marine technology” belongs to a holding company “Sigma group”. The fleet of the holding company consists of two trawlers and five longline vessels.

Read more about the company: http://sigma-m-tech.ru/en/.


2015   6 July

Mikhail Zaitsev: The Longline Fishery Association reaches the interregional level.

This year the LFA has been joined by six more companies from Primorskyi Krai, Murmansk and Arkhangelsk. The interest to the Association is explained by its efforts to improve the fishery and by its activities directed towards protection of the interests of fishermen.

 

2015   29 April

The LFA participated in the spring session of the Far Eastern scientific and fishery Council (FESFC). The problems under discussion were connected with the established procedure for passing the control points (order of FSB and the FFA from 15 February 2010 No. 56/91).

The LFA proposed to optimize the system with the aim of improving the efficiency of ship operations at sea. “The order of FSB of Russia and the Russian Federal Fishery Agency dated 15 February 2010 No. 56/91 leads to a waste of fishing time and additional costs” - said at the FESFC meeting the President of the LFA Mikhail Zaitsev.


2014    29 October

The President of the LFA Mikhail Zaitsev made a presentation at the meeting of the Far Eastern scientific and fishery Council (FESFC). Topic: "On the prospects and problems of organization and development of longline fisheries in the Far Eastern fishery basin".

 

2014   29 сентября

In the framework of the International Fishermen Congress in Vladivostok, the head of the Russian Federal Fishery Agency (FFA) Ilya Shestakov declared that he expected from the fisheries associations proposals about promising sites and areas of studies. In response, the LFA sent a letter to the FFA with a request to include the following topics in the program of resource research:

  • Study of the stock of the Greenland halibut in the Okhotsk Sea;
  • Exploration of resources for longline fisheries in the Chukotka Sea;
  • Exploration of resources for longline fishing around seamounts of the Emperor ridge;
  • Study of the problems of killer whale depredation on longline halibut fisheries.

 

2014   27 March

The LFA participated in the meeting of the FFA Fish Industry Council on Fisheries Forecast.  The meeting focused on the materials justifying the allowable catch of biological resources (TAC) in internal sea waters, territorial sea, continental shelf and the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation for 2015.

There were adopted TAC corrections for the next year. In particular, it was proposed to increase the cod TAC for the Chukotka fishery management zone, up to 9 thousand tons. The LFA expressed doubts about the possibility of the development of such amount of quota given the short fishing period in this area, and proposed to merge the quotas for cod in the summer-autumn period for areas 67.01 and 61.01. Subsequently, the LFA sent a letter to the Pacific Scientific Research Fisheries Center (TINRO-Center) with the request to provide scientific bases for the proposed changes.