Northeast Sakhalin Island
Volume data of 2,672 metric tons taken from 2014 Surveillance and represents combined average catch from 2004 - 2013 for the Smirnykh and Nogliki client companies. Pink salmon comprised 80% - 90% of harvest, and average volume is much greater during odd-year harvests than during even-years.
The MSC certification of the Northeast Sakhalin salmon fishery was formally suspended on June 30, 2015. The fishery client in the Smirnikh district made a business decision to suspend their certification, although they have made many improvements to their fishery in recent years. While the fishery is not currently in the MSC program or in a formal FIP, we applaud their continued commitment to improve the sustainability of their fishery. For a more detailed analysis see our website. The Northeast Sakhalin Island pink salmon fishery was MSC certified in June 2012. The fishery is located in the Russian Far East on the northeastern coast of Sakhalin Island in the Nogliki and Smirnykh districts. The salmon are primarily caught using coastal trap nets, but in-river fishing weirs (RUZs), beach seines, and gillnets are used as well. Only fish from the coastal trap nets are authorized for sale under the MSC logo. Fishing typically occurs from early/mid-July through the first week of September, and the harvest is primarily sold in Russia although there is increasing interest from U.S. and European markets.
Hatchery influences and anthropogenic impacts on habitat are reduced in the northeast relative to the southern portion of Sakhalin Island, which is more developed and densely populated. However, illegal harvest is common, and there is concern about fishery impacts on depleted or protected species in the region, specifically taimen, sturgeon, summer run chum, and cherry salmon. In addition, questions remain about the adequacy of escapement goals to maintain productivities of all stock components, especially since some of the larger salmon-producing river systems are not monitored. Improved estimates of all fishery catches and re-assessment of escapement goals will be important for developing a sustainable harvest strategy.
Nogliki Regional Fishing Association and Smirnikhovsky Regional Fishing Association (fishery clients), Ocean Outcomes (FIP implementer), Sakhalin Salmon Initiative, Sakhalin Regional Fishing Association, SakhNIRO, SakhRybVod, Sakhalin-Kuril Regional Fisheries Management (SKTU), Sakhalin Environment Watch, Sakhalin Wild Salmon, Aniva Bay Regional Fishing Association, Wild Salmon Center, Smirnikhovsky Watershed Council
The MSC certification of the Northeast Sakhalin salmon fishery was formally suspended on June 30, 2015. Although the fishery client in the Smirnikh district made a business decision to suspend their certification, they continue to implement fishery improvement actions. For example, the client has continued supporting anti-poaching brigades and has hired a science team to collect biological information on fish stocks. In addition, a report on illegal catches in these districts and sociological motivations for illegal fishing is currently in preparation.
The audit team conducted the first annual audit site visit to NE Sakhalin on October 21-22, 2013 and recommended that the MSC certificate be extended for another year. At the close of the audit, 3 conditions were open and ahead of schedule, 1 condition was open and on schedule, and 4 conditions were open and behind schedule. No conditions were closed.
The 2012 MSC Certification Report described three issues in the assessment that required special attention:
A pre-assessment of the Sakhalin Island salmon fishery was completed in December 2008. It evaluated salmon fisheries in both NE Sakhalin and Aniva Bay and identified several issues that required special attention: