North Atlantic Ministers to Continue their Dialogue at the St. Petersburg Fishery Forum

Following the 22nd conference, the fisheries ministers of the North Atlantic countries signed a communiqué dedicated to the marine ecosystems conservation. The meeting took place in the city of Shediac, Canada. The event is traditionally attended by the fisheries ministers of the Russian Federation, Canada, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and the European Union.

The participants in the roundtable discussion made decisions on the common fishery problems in the North Atlantic, which include the effects of global climate change and the need to joint efforts to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, which damages the fishing industry and the environment.

The conference participants pointed out the need for regional cooperation in the North Atlantic using the best national practices in the field of fisheries and water conservation. Marine ecosystem protection is an integral part of the efforts to ensure availability of ocean resources for future generations and is an essential obligation for all fisheries ministers in the North Atlantic.

The heads and members of the delegations agreed that decision-making on protection of aquatic bioresources and their habitats must be based on scientific recommendations, transparency and partnership of the fishery industry with environmental organizations and native peoples inhabiting the coastal areas.

The North Atlantic Fisheries Ministers expressed their readiness to continue considering the topical issues at thematic discussion platforms, including the Global Fishery Forum.

The Global Fishery Forum & International Exhibition for Fishery, Seafood and Know-How will be held in St Petersburg on 14–16 September at the Lenexpo exhibition complex.