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Fishing Areas

Our high-quality fishery products are made of wild fish and other living marine resources sustainably harvested in the exclusive economic zone and on the continental shelf of the Russian Federation, fishing zones under national jurisdiction of other states and on the high seas where fishing activities are regulated and managed by Regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs).

North-East Atlantic (FAO Area 27 with ICES divisions)

The fishery in the North-East Atlantic (NEA) is executed in the exclusive economic zones of the coastal states and on the high seas, where fishery is regulated by the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) established in 1980 to manage the fishery resources in the North-East Atlantic in the EEZs of Contracting Parties (straddling stocks) and outside the national jurisdictions of the coastal states. Russia as well as Norway, Iceland, the European Union and Denmark (for Faroe Islands and Greenland) are parties of the Convention on future multilateral cooperation in North-East Atlantic fisheries (NEAFC Convention) and have the right to conduct fishery in the NEAFC Regulatory Areas. The fishery in the areas under national jurisdiction is regulated by national law in accordance with international agreements. The fishery of NEA cod and haddock, Barents Sea capelin, Greenland halibut and redfish Sebastes mentella in the Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea is regulated by the Joint Russian-Norwegian Fisheries Commission.

Main target species of living marine resources: NEA cod, haddock and saithe, Greenland halibut, redfish, Barents Sea capelin, herring, mackerel and blue whiting.

Fishing season: the fishing of cod, haddock and saithe in the Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea is performed the year round; fishing of Greenland halibut in the Barents Sea is from October to December, fishing of redfish is from May to July. The fishing of Greenland halibut in Eastern Greenland is from May to July and redfish is harvested from June to July. The fishing of blue whiting in NEAFC regulatory area occurs the year round and in the fishing area of Faroe Islands this fishery is performed from December to May. The mackerel fishery is from June to September and herring is fished from August to November. The Barents Sea capelin fishery occurs from January to March.

North-west Atlantic (FAO area 21)

The fishery in the North-West Atlantic (NWA) is performed in exclusive economic zones of the coastal states and on the high seas where fishery is regulated by the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), founded in 1979 as a successor to ICNAF (International Commission of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries) (1949-1978) to manage to most fishery resources of the Northwest Atlantic except salmon, tunas/marlins, whales, and sedentary species (e.g. shellfish) in the EEZs of Contracting Parties (straddling stocks) and outside the national jurisdiction in the NAFO Regulatory Area. Currently NAFO has 12 Contracting Parties including Russia. The national fishery resources in EEZs of the coastal states are managed under national law.

Main target species of living marine resources: Greenland halibut, redfish.

Fishing season: the fishing of Greenland halibut in fishing zone of Greenland from July to September, fishery in the NAFO Regulatory Area is performed the year round.

Eastern Central Atlantic (FAO area 34)

The fishery is performed in the areas under national jurisdiction of coastal states in the western coast of Africa. The management of the fish stocks in Eastern Central Atlantic (ECA) is carried out within the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF). Russian is not a member of CECAF. The management of fishery and conservation of tunas and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and its adjacent seas is under responsibility of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Currently, there are 51 Contracting Parties of ICCAT including Russia. Russia obtains fishing right in ECA as a member of ICCAT and under international agreements with coastal states (members of CECAF).

Main target species of living marine resources: sardine, sardinella mackerel, horse mackerel, and anchovy.

Fishing season: the fishing of pelagic species is performed the year round. The fishery in the areas under fishery jurisdiction of Morocco occurs from July to September.

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North-West pacific (FAO area 61 with russian management zones)

The fishery is performed in the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk in the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation. The management of the fishery is under Russian law.

Main target species of living marine resources: walleye pollock, pacific herring, pacific cod, Pacific halibut, Greenland halibut, Komandor squid.

Fishing season: The fishing of the majority of fish species occurs the year round. The fishing of walleye pollock in the Sea of Okhotsk is allowed from the 1st of October to the 9th of April and in the Bering Sea the fishing is allowed from the 15th of February to the 15th of May.

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South-East pacific (FAO area 87)

The fishery occurs on the high seas in the areas under responsibility of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO). Currently, the main commercial resources fished in the SPRFMO Area are Jack mackerel and jumbo flying squid in the Southeast Pacific and, to a much lesser degree, deep-sea species often associated with seamounts in the Southwest Pacific. SPRFMO consists of a Commission and a number of subsidiary bodies. New Zealand is the Depositary for the SPRFMO Convention and hosts the SPRFMO Secretariat in Wellington. The Commission has currently 15 Members including Russia and 4 Cooperating Non-Contracting Parties.

Main target species of living marine resources: Jack mackerel and mackerel.

Fishing season: the fishing occurs the year round and the most efficient period is from April to August.

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