16 November 2016
Several Russian fishing companies have signed an agreement to decrease the environmental impact of bottom trawling on the Barents and Norwegian seas, Norbeo, one of the companies involved, said in a release.
The companies catch cod, haddock and another demersal species in the North Atlantic and include those represented by the Fishing Industry Union of the North (FIUN) as well as NOREBO Group (formerly known as KARAT Group), FEST Group and the Archangelsk Trawl Fleet.
The signatories met in Murmansk to sign the pact, known formally as the Agreement on Coordination of Activities of Fishing Companies to Decrease the Impact of Bottom Trawl Fishery on Ecosystems of the Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea.
The agreement's measures include:
The parties have also agreed to not expand their bottom trawl fisheries outside of areas that will be established in cooperation with Russian fishery research organizations.