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Fishy Business Reaches Cabinet

The crab population in the Russian Far East faces extinction within five years unless poachers are stopped from selling the gourmet meat to Japan, Primorye region Governor Sergei Darkin told the Cabinet on Thursday.

Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, however, rejected Darkin's appeal for a ban on crab fishing, saying it must continue. "We need to go on, but all of it needs to come here. We love crab," Fradkov said in comments broadcast by state television.

Over-fishing through poaching is a rampant problem in all the bodies of water bordering Russia. The WWF Russia conservation group estimates that $4.5 billion worth of seafood is illegally exported from the Far East annually, with corrupt officials taking a tidy cut from the proceeds.

Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev told the Cabinet meeting that of the 1,200 tons of caviar harvested in Russia from the Caspian Sea, only 10 tons were legal. The minister called for a state monopoly to regulate the caviar trade to save the sturgeon from extinction. "Caviar must be sold through a state company," he said.

Fradkov tasked the ministry with overseeing the fishing industry and instructed Gordeyev to "dig deeper" into the issue.

Poachers find plenty of loopholes in the existing system of fishing quotas, said Darkin's spokesman, Mikhail Polusmak, in a telephone interview.

Nothing short of a ban would save the crab population in the Pacific, he said, adding that -- like the caviar harvest -- almost the entire crab catch in the Far East is illegal, meaning no revenues flow into the regional budget.

Alexei Vaisman, who monitors wildlife trade at WWF Russia, said that the crabs' spawning areas were especially hard hit by poachers. However, a moratorium on crab fishing would not solve the problem, he said, as it would only encourage poaching. Vaisman suggested the real reason for Darkin's proposal was to protect his own interests in the local fishing industry.

Source: The Moscow Times

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