The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Agency for Fisheries of the Russian Federation have now signed a Joint Statement on enhanced fisheries cooperation so as to address the current issues related to a higher pressure on the fishing resources and with the impact on the climate changes and ocean conditions.
Both countries have been working together for a long time on the conservation, management and optimal use of the shared fishing resources but the current situation is different from that existing when the governments of the US and of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics signed an Agreement on Mutual Fisheries Relations in 1988.
The Joint Statement reaffirms the May 1988 Agreement and at the same time indicates three major areas of future cooperation: 1) combating global illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; 2) collaborating on science and management of living marine resources in the Arctic Ocean; and 3) advancing conservation efforts in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica.
Boosting enforcement is one of the best tools available to combat IUU fishing, NOAA stressed. For the last five years, the US and Russia have been negotiating a fisheries law enforcement agreement to enhance the ability of both governments to tackle issues related to IUU fishing at sea and throughout the product supply chain.