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EastRussia Bulletin: Far Eastern fishermen continue to oppose auctions
The confrontation among representatives of the fishing industry and departmental structures continues regarding the advisability of introducing auctions for the sale of quotas for crab and fish in general. The final decision has not yet been taken, the EastRussia bulletin says in its latest published edition: regional authorities, shipbuilders and fishermen are speaking out, but politically more influential structures - the Ministry of Agriculture, the Federal Agency for Fisheries, the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, the FSB, some large companies, are bidding for auctions.
Against the backdrop of a discussion of the likely introduction of auctions for the sale of quotas, representatives of the fishing industry made new protests. Fishermen of the Northern and Far Eastern basins held a protest action - fishing vessels at sea and in ports for five minutes turned on the sound signals. Observers estimate that about 100 ships took part in the "sound" protest. At the same time, not only members of various crab and fish industry associations eagerly responded, but also other enterprises that share anxiety and concern about what is happening. Fishermen expect that the crab auctions will not end, and they will be spread to all the fish.
As a result of the protest action, the Association of Primorye Fishery Enterprises sent a letter to FAS, which pointed to the risks of changing the current principle of quota allocation. In the opinion of the fishing industry, the auctions will have a number of negative consequences: foreign influence in the production of aquatic biological resources, a significant increase in the cost of Russian fish products. The Association proposed to the antimonopoly service, instead of proposals to change the principle of resource use, to identify factors that adversely affect the competitiveness of Russian fish products.
A detailed analysis of this and other relevant topics can be found in the weekly bulletin EastRussia (https://www.eastrussia.ru/subscribe/).