High ranking official calling for caviar sales in specialized shops

September 7, 2007 15:23

At a recent meeting of Russia's State Council devoted to fishery issues First Vice-Premier Sergey Ivanov has advocated a ban of sale of some delicatessen fish products in the street markets and non-specialized shops.

Caviar and such deli products as sea scallops and crabs should not be sold in the markets and in the pedestrian subways, Ivanov said. As such products are not living essentials, they should be sold exclusively in specialized shops.

He has also touched upon poaching and expressed his opinion that such violations should be punished strictly and the punishment should spread not only to companies, but also to captains. According to the current legislation, now companies simply pay fines and then they can resume poaching while there is no clear regulation to remove their quotas, Ivanov says.

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