Outlook for salmon fishery in Russia's Far East basin in 2009

March 3, 2009 15:14

More than one year running the abundance of Pacific salmons has been fairly large and in 2009 the scientists of Russia's Far East fishery basin forecast record strong runs of salmons, reports www.fishnet-russia.com (https://www.fishnet.ru/) with reference to fishery sources in Vladivostok.

The salmon harvest limit in the basin is expected to amount to ca.450,000 tonnes of all the species. The strongest runs are forecasted in the east coast of Kamchatka (ca.177,000 tonnes), of which 150,000 tonnes of pink salmon. At the west coast of Kamchatka and on the continental coast of the Sea of Okhotsk the fishermen will probably be able to harvest 36,000-38,000 tonnes. A little more than 100,000 tonnes may be harvested in the East Sakhalin subarea. At the South Kuriles it is recommended to harvest 57,000 tonnes. Out of the salmon TACs 2009 the pink salmon harvest is recommended at 332,000 tonnes, chum salmon is forecasted at 79,000 tonnes and sockeye harvest is expected at 30,000 tonnes.

Recommended catches of salmon species in 2009 broken down by the fishing areas

Fishing area

Total

Of which

Pink salmon

Chum salmon

Sockeye

West Bering Sea zone

2.45

0.45

1.38

0.62

East Kamchatka zone

176.96

149.85

15.81

7.94

West Kamchatka coast

35.98

5.5

8.17

21.1

Continental coast of the Sea of Okhotsk

38.47

20.87

16.86

0.1

East Sakhalin subarea

107.22

99.1

8

South Kurile zone

57.1

44.4

12.7

TOTAL

447.33

332.23

79.26

30.2

However, all the above mentioned volumes of potential catches are yet subject to ecological expertise which will either approve or reject them.

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