Vladivostok scientists conducting public hearings of projected TACs 2010

May 15, 2009 16:14

Vladivostok-based TINRO-Centre fishery research institute has held public hearings of provisional advice for the TACs 2010 under the initiative of Vladivostok Fishermen's Association, reports www.fishnet-russia.com (https://www.fishnet.ru/) with fishery sources in Vladivostok.

More specifically, the recommended TACs 2010 exceed the TACs 2009 by more than 400,000 tonnes. All in all, the fishermen are forecasted to enjoy a total allowable catch of 3.1 million tonnes of finfish and other aquatic species, including 1.8 million tonnes of pollock, 355,000 tonnes of herring, 102,000 tonnes of cod and 223,000 tonnes of saury.

Thanks to research surveys in the Bering Sea there is a possibility to increase the cod TAC by 6800 tonnes as compared to the current year 2009. Increase of the pollock biomass in the Petropavlovsk Komandor subarea has enabled raising the pollock TAC in the Sea of Okhotsk by 30,000 tonnes as compared to the current year 2009. Considerable increases are also recommended for the pollock TAC in the Sea of Okhotsk at the expense of the North Okhotsk subarea (by 100,000 tonnes) and Kamchatka Kurile subarea (by 82,000 tonnes) despite the excessive bycatch of young pollock this year. The Russian fishermen will have the opportunity to harvest 10,000 tonnes of squid more (100,000 tonnes) than the current TAC, while in the previous years the expedition fishery in the Sea of Japan have not produced positive results. Nevertheless, the TACs 2010 of finfish and other aquatic species in the Russian Far East Basin have been approved by the conference.

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