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EastRussia Bulletin: Authorizing the production of the Baikal seal provoked discontent among the population - EastRussia | Far East






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EastRussia Bulletin: Authorization of Baikal seal production caused discontent of population

EastRussia Bulletin: Authorization of Baikal seal production caused discontent of population
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Criticism was caused by the order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation to allow the production of the Baikal seal, subject to various conditions and restrictions, reads the next published issue of the EastRussia bulletin.

There were appeals of citizens demanding to organize verification of this decision with the involvement of the Prosecutor General's Office.

In February this year, Rosrybolovstvo announced plans to return the industrial catch of Baikal endemic with a remark about the increased growth rates of the species. The Ministry of Agriculture of Buryatia then confirmed that an increase in the seal population could threaten the fishing industry of the republic, as the Baikal seal feeds on gobies, golomyanka and omul. According to the officials of Buryatia, in order to solve this problem and not damage the seal population, it is necessary to allow its commercial production in 4-5 thousand heads per year (total of about 130 thousand heads). In addition, only a small minority of the North can officially get a seal - the quota is 2,7 thousand heads per year.

The ban on catching seals was introduced by the Russian government in 2007.

A detailed analysis of this and other relevant topics can be found in the weekly bulletin EastRussia (