Russia intends to establish a ban on commercial and coastal fishing for cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises). The corresponding draft law «On Amendments to Article 15 of the Federal Law» On the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Russian Federation» and Article 26 of the Federal Law «On Fisheries and the Conservation of Aquatic Biological Resources» was approved by the Government Commission on Legislative Activities, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia.
Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko said that such a bill is a logical continuation of the Government's actions in relation to the legal regulation of the specifics of the use of marine mammals and the requirements for their maintenance.
“Our task is to ensure the conservation and restoration of the entire spectrum of Russian biodiversity, including aquatic biological resources, which are of great importance for the ecosystem. Protection of the population of marine mammals and other endangered species is an absolute priority in the implemented environmental policy,” she said.
In addition, it is planned to establish stricter regimes for regulating the fishing of marine mammals in the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation, including the prohibition of fishing for certain species of marine mammals.