Your Excellency, at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in December 2018, you said that fish production exceeded 5 million tonnes in 2018, an almost 6% increase from the previous year, and that this trend has continued since 2014. The record salmon catch in the Far East – 676,000 tonnes, which is attributed to “regulatory measures”, made a significant contribution to the total catch volume. Could you explain to our readers who are not familiar with Russian fishing what these measures consisted of as well as other factors that could contribute to a record increase in the salmon catch?
After an entire career working in this industry, seeing how it functions leaving women aside in many respects, I got together with colleagues to set up WSI, the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry. WSI’s main goals are to highlight the great contribution of women and to raise awareness of the pervasive gender inequalities that characterise this ‘male-dominated’ industry.
“We have the ability to shape our fisheries in a way that suits our long term needs, feeding and providing for our Pacific Islands. We need to invest in our people, and management of these resources – to give back, as we take out – if we really want to move ahead. We need to speak up more, and stop shying away from things that matter but which might be uncomfortable to raise.(Pamela Maru: quote from the ‘70 Inspiring Pacific Women campaign’)
Since 2014, the annual FAO-convened Vigo Dialogue has aimed to reach consensus amongst stakeholders on promoting decent employment in fisheries and aquaculture as a win-win situation for all. Some of the important issues to be addressed include abuses of human rights, bondage, poor occupational safety and health, child labour, IUU fishing, ensuring social responsibility, capacity development, institution building, strengthening of fish workers organisations, and ratification of the relevant legal instruments.