Russia's State Fisheries Committee to increase number of inspectors checking fishing vessels

March 26, 2008 16:17
Russia's State Fisheries Committee intends almost to double the number of inspectors who check fishing vessels at sea, according to the Head of the Russia's State Fisheries Committee Andrey Krainy, quoted by ITAR-TASS.

The Committee plans to approach the Government for increased financing from the 2009 budget in order to get more than 5 thousand inspectors to take part in fishing vessels' checks. Now the number of inspectors amounts to 3 044 persons creating a shortage of inspection capacity.

Earlier The Committee said it would place an order for the building of 10 fishery patrol vessels. According to Andrey Krainy, the Committee is already negotiating with the Khabarovskiy shipbuilding yard for the building of first series of them.

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