Volume data of 8,638 metric tons is average annual catch from 2004-2014 that is MSC certified (sockeye harvested by Vityaz-Avto and Delta). Total catch from Ozernaya fishing companies eligible for certificate sharing is 18,066 metric tons (average from 2004-2014, data taken from Table 4 in MSC second audit report).
The Ozernaya River sockeye salmon fishery was MSC certified in August 2012 following a pre-assessment conducted in August 2010. The fishery is located on the western coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, where the Ozernaya River and Kuril Lake and its tributaries support the largest sockeye salmon stock in Asia. Salmon are caught by fishing companies (including the Client companies Vityaz-Avto and Delta) using coastal trap nets and beach seines from July to early September. Production is sold locally and exported to Canada, Japan, and other Asian countries.
Ozernaya River sockeye are well monitored and studied due to the significance of the fishery and the long-term operation of a research station at Kuril Lake. There are no hatcheries in the fishery region. However, one concern is that the stock is heavily exploited at annual harvest rates ranging from about 67-88%, which may result in reduced yields if environmental conditions shift and become less favorable for sockeye. There is also some uncertainty about whether the fishery reference points used to determine escapement goals are sufficient for maintaining the productivities of all stock components. Additional escapement data and improved estimates of total fishing mortality will be used to refine target exploitation rates.
Vityaz-Avto and Delta (fishery clients), Ocean Outcomes (FIP implementer), KamchatNIRO, VNIRO, SevvostRybVod, Ust-Bolsheretsky Watershed Salmon Council, WWF Russia, Wild Salmon Center, Kamchatka Fish Fund, South Kamchatka Sanctuary
The third annual surveillance took place in March 2016, and the surveillance report is scheduled to be released in May. According to information shared with the Clients at the end of the surveillance audit, a total of eight conditions have been closed (3 during the first audit, 1 during the second audit, and 4 during the third audit). One condition remained open and is considered on schedule. The fourth annual surveillance is scheduled for spring 2017.
The second annual surveillance took place in April 2015, and the surveillance report was released in May 2015. A total of four conditions have been closed (3 during the first audit and 1 during the second audit). Five conditions remained open and were considered on schedule. The third annual surveillance is scheduled for spring 2016.
A request to delay publication of the second annual surveillance report was granted by MSC in October 2014. The stated reasons for the delay were: 1) a desire to save costs by conducting audits for the Ozernaya and Northeast Sakhalin fisheries at the same time, and 2) the fishery not being open again until June/July 2015. The second surveillance audit is tentatively scheduled for April 2015.
The Project Manager provided a 6 month update on progress in meeting conditions. A full 2014 Annual Review is coming soon.
The audit team concluded that the Ozernaya fishery clients were making adequate progress toward meeting the conditions placed on the fishery. Three conditions were closed (completed), and six conditions remained open and on schedule. The Action Plan was updated based on new information provided in 2013.
The first annual surveillance took place in October 2013, and the surveillance report was released in November 2013. The second annual surveillance is scheduled for fall 2014.
The 2012 MSC Certification Report described three issues in the assessment that required special attention: