Russian Federal Fisheries Agency

Arkhangelsk Region Government

Northern arctic federal university

12-13 April / 2019

The scientific researchers conference of participating countries about The Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean

General partner
JSC "Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet"

About the Conference

For the first time Russia gathers the scientific researchers of participating countries of The Agreement to Prevent Unregulated Fisheries in the Arctic.

The Russian Federation will host the research Conference of participating countries which had signed The Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean. It is the first meeting of Parties after signing the Agreement. The Meeting will be held on 12th and 13th of April 2019 in Arkhangelsk.

International scientists will discuss the research plan of water bioresource storage and its managing.

Signatories are the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Canada, the Kingdom of Norway, the Kingdom of Denmark (in respect of the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Iceland, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Japan and the European Union on 3rd of October, 2018. The Agreement is intended to create an international legal base for fishery regulation in this region.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and the Head of Russian Federal Fisheries Agency, Ilya Shestakov had signed the document on behalf of the Russian Federation. The Agreement content was very controversial and as a result the Russian Federation stood up for fundamentally significant factor for subarctic countries, namely the attitude of Russia let strengthen exceptional role for coastal states in the Arctic.

During the Conference the researchers are going to discuss suggestions on the Central Arctic Ocean Monitoring Program, scientific documentation exchange issues, additional regulations and procedures controlling the joint scientific events as well as adjustment measures on research fisheries.


Open vote

The Russian version of the Agreement emblem won the vote will be presented at the CAOF conference in Arkhangelsk

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Winner in voting

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, the Head of Russian Federal Agency for Fishery

«There is a unique ecosystem in the Arctic region and its preservation must be one of the foreground tasks of the world community. Russia took an active part in draft agreement planning. During the negotiations we managed to reach mutual understanding on such a crucial issue as Arctic preservation for future generations». - Ilya Shestakov states. «This is a convincing example of preventing response of countries concerned on global climate changes, increasing man impact and it is a common readiness factor to take coordinated actions on Arctic biodiversity preservation»

Deputy of the state Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation VII convocation

«Dear participants and guests of the Scientific Experts’ Conference!
The Arctic zone covers almost a third of our country’s territory. Arctic resources’ exploration is one of the key components for the development of the region. Obviously, in achieving this goal, the issues of biodiversity and conservation of the Arctic ecosystems come to the fore. It’s impossible to solve those issues without involvement of the acknowledged scientists and academic community’ representatives, who are invited to the Conference.
Last year the Agreement on Prevention of Unregulated Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean was signed. The implementation of the document, in my view, is crucially important, because coordination of international efforts is of special significance for the Arctic region, in particular – taking into account the large-scale plans for Arctic exploration.
It is noteworthy that the first Conference is to be held in Arkhangelsk, as we call it – the capital of the Russian North. The history of the City is known for plenty of milestone events that revealed the Arctic to us.
In conclusion, let me express gratitude to the organizers and wish fruitful work to all the Conference participants!»

Governor of the Arkhangelsk region

«I’m pleased to welcome all the participants and guests of the scientific experts’ conference representing the member-states of the Agreement to prevent unregulated high seas fisheries in the central Arctic Ocean!
The largest scientists’ and industrial companies’ interest in the conference is obvious and stipulated by all the involved parties’ desire to discuss a plan for joint research on the status of Arctic aquatic biological resources, as well as to assess and improve fisheries’ management and control measures, to exchange best practices and knowledge. All those actions will contribute to ensuring coordinated joint work of the member-states of the Agreement in solving issues referred to prevention of unregulated high seas fisheries in the central Arctic Ocean.
I’m convinced that the conference will significantly facilitate the comprehensive study of the Arctic and wish to all the attendees fruitful work and elaboration of constructive solutions.»

Rector of Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov

«The topic of sustainable and constructive development of the Arctic is of critical importance for those living and working in the North. This includes the issue of the preservation of biodiversity and fragile ecosystems for future generations in Russia and across the globe.
It is very important that the discussion of Arctic marine bioresource research and management will take place at Northern (Arctic) Federal University, which was established and has been operating in the interests of the development of Russia’s Arctic zone. The university is actively involved in the creation of the Arctic fishery cluster which is currently being developed in the Arkhangelsk Region. We are advancing the training of professionals in the field of marine ecology and fishing industry specializing in aquaculture and deep processing of bioresources, and enhancing our research for the benefit of fishery enterprises.»

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What are Russian Fisheries in Arctic

In Arctic waters of exclusive economic area of Russian Federation 250,000-260,000 tons of water bioresources are obtained, at the same time little-developed and non-developed resource condition enables to forecast the increasing catch for 30% or 80,000-100,000 tons.

The Barents sea, the White sea, the Kara Sea, the Laptev sea, the East Siberian Sea, the Chuckchee Sea, as well as the basins of the Arkhangelsk region, the Murmansk region, the Komi Republic, the Republic of Karelia, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Nenets Autonomous Area, the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, the Chukotka Autonomous Area and the Krasnoyarsk Territory are regarded to be Russian Arctic area. The main fishery in exclusive economic area in Russia is realized in the Barents sea where nearly 90% of total catch in the Arctic area is taken. Annually in the White sea 2,000 -3,000 tons are obtained what is about 1%. The catch in all other part of Arctic seas makes up not more than 15%.

The volume of potential catch in the Russian Arctic area is estimated nearly for 100,000 tons. The base of raw materials sources is made of the Barents sea water bioresources that is nearly 86,000 tons. The most perspective is the Arctic cod fishery – its catch can reach 32,000 tons annually, on the second place is great northern shrimp – only 3,200 tons of 25,000 tons of authorized catch in 2017. The potential fishery of cramp-fish is 3,800 tons, the catch of sea-urchin and cucumaria is up to 7,000 tons. The traditional fishery reserve is seaweed whose storage condition enables to gain 20,000 tons annually. Up to 4,500 tons of White Sea herring and navaga can be harvested in the White sea, up to 4,000 tons of Arctic cod and navaga in the Kara sea, up to 3,900 tons of Arctic cod in the the Chuckchee Sea.

For the last two decades the Arctic became the territory of intense international cooperation. The trade control in Arctic waters is carried out within multilateral and bilateral agreement.

Photo report on the event

Official Media Partners and Supporting Organizations

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Federal Agency for Fishery

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Arkhangelsk Region Government

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Media organization "Fishnews"

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Central department of Fisheries Expertise and Regulations...

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Russian News Agency TASS

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REGNUM News Agency

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Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Republic of Karelia

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FSBI "Glavrybvod"


Kirill Kolonchin / Chief conference moderator
Head of the VNIRO Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, Candidate of economic sciences

Click here to go to the home page of VNIRO

Program of Conference

The location is in the main building of Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonossov, 17, Naberezhnaya Severnoy Dviny

11 April – arrival

С 12:00 до 19:00 Check-in for the Conference, getting the participant’s packet in the hotel.

12 April

09:00 – 09:30 Check-in, welcome coffee

09:30 - 11:00 Conference plenary meeting (moderator – Kirill Kolonchin, Director of the Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO))

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 Conference

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 Round tables’ meetings

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 18:30 Round tables’ meetings

19:00 Formal reception hosted by the Governor of Arkhangelsk region

13 April

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome coffee

09:30 – 12:30 Round tables’ meetings

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Conference (final plenary meeting)

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break (final document drafting)

16:00 – 18:00 Conference (final plenary meeting)

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Round tables

Development of the Central Arctic Ocean joint research program

Moderator – prof. Vladimir Belyaev, Head of International Fisheries Cooperation Department, VNIRO

The Arctic is a region with a unique ecosystem, which has a huge resource potential. The rational development of this potential is an important task for all mankind.

The fragility of the Arctic nature and its longtime restoration make the task of comprehensive research of the region and developing a scientifically based strategy for the exploration of its wealth very important.

The research and development of the Arctic is extremely complicated by natural factors: extremely low temperatures, a long polar night, ice cover in most of the water area, as well as remoteness and lack of necessary infrastructure.

In terms of complexity and importance, this task can be placed in line with space research. Without extensive cooperation of the international scientific community, problems of global climate change, the growing anthropogenic impact on the ecosystem and the development of bio-resources cannot be solved

The Arctic should become a territory of intensive international scientific cooperation. Development of a joint research plan, exchange of scientific information, coordination of expeditionary activities are necessary for the preservation and rational development of the Arctic. During the round table, the report of the 5th meeting of scientific experts on VBR reserves in the Central Arctic will be worked out and joint scientific program drafts of this region will be prepared.

Education for the Arctic

Moderator – Korshunov Alexey, representative of the Northern (Arctic) Federal University

In response to the emergence of new ship designs and fleet updates, the industry sets higher standards for the skill level of fresh graduates. Employers are facing the lack of recruits with qualifications high enough to operate state-of-the-art onboard and shore-based navigation, power-generating, and processing facilities. Since training programs allow for limited deck seamanship hours, fresh graduates often lack practice to qualify for the certificate of service.

In this context, the roundable is to address the industry’s staffing needs by discussing the perspectives of:

• traineeship opportunities for future crew members and onshore personnel;
• upgrading marine school’s fleet of simulators and real-world shipboard equipment;
• providing marine schools with advanced fish-processing simulator training systems;
• establishing resource centres for fisheries sector;
• launching advanced training and re-training programs aligned with employer requirements;
• regular involvement of employers as outside examiners of students’ skills and knowledge; and
• employer-sponsored education.

Conservation and study of the Atlantic salmon in the Arctic waters

Moderator – Gennady Zharkov, president of the «Russian salmon» NPO

Cultural programme

We invite you to take part in the cultural program of the Conference, white sea herring festival "Herring Fest 2019".

The program includes herring tasting, a master class in the white sea herring snacks preparation, an entertainment program, awarding prizes to the winners of the recipe contest.

Venue: Restaurant "Cabinet", Voskresenskaya st.17

Date: Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.

The Exhibition of high-quality dolls and designer toys from Arctic and non-Arctic countries

Venue: Museum-Exhibition Complex «Gostinye Dvory», Severnaya Dvina Emb., 85/86, Central Tower

Date: April 11-14

State Museum Association «Art Culture of the Russian North» is the largest museum of Arkhangelsk region that keeps masterpieces of fine art as well as unique objects of decorative and applied art and clothing of northern people. Museum of Art Development of the Arctic named after A.A. Borisov, that is a part of Museum Association, presents the paintings of the first Russian painter of the Arctic – Alexander Borisov, Nenets painter Tyko Vylka, and others. One of the museum᾿s sections is devoted to the arts and crafts of the Nenets people. Exhibition project «The Son of Nenets Tundra» will expand the scope of the permanent exhibition by complementing it with the works of the northern artist Prokopiy Yavtysiy and objects of ethnographic art. All this will allow to capture the atmosphere of a lifestyle of Arctic region’s indigenous people

Venue: Museum of Art Development of the Arctic named after A.A. Borisov, Pomorskaya street, 3

Date: April 11-14

The Exhibition «15 miles of light. Lighthouses. Signs. People» is dedicated to the development of lighthouses technologies on the White Sea as well as to the lives of lighthouses᾿ keepers and rescue equipment that ensure seafarers᾿ safety. The exhibition presents documents, lighthouses lamps of different periods, models of lighthouses, tools and devices, personal stuff of lighthouses᾿ keepers and exhibits from private collections. There is a multimedia projection in the center of the exhibition hall illustrating changes in the White Sea’s lighthouses system from the middle of the 19th to the end of the 20th centuries. The exhibition will be completed with modern rescue equipment.

Venue: Northern Maritime Museum, Severnaya Dvina Emb., 80

Date: April 11-14

The Exhibition is dedicated to the story of Human – Arctic relationships focusing on events unfolding on Franz Joseph Landʼs Tikhaya Bay. In 1929 the first polar station named after G.Y. Segov was built there. In 1930s the settlement of Tikhaya Bay was established. Up to 200 people lived there in particular years. In 1935–1936 the first three babies were born there. The whole Stationʼs crew took part in babiesʼ naming. They picked up the names according to the good tradition of the time – Severina (meaning «Northern»), for example. During the Great Patriotic War permanent wintering was organized there. In 1949–1952 ice airfield for receiving aircrafts Li-2 type was built. In 1959 the Station was closed and abandoned. Currently Tikhaya Bay belongs to the territory of «Russian Arctic» National Park. Exhibits are presented by Archangelsk Regional Museum and «Russian Arctic» National Park

Venue: Museum-Exhibition Complex «Gostinye Dvory», Severnaya Dvina Emb., 85/86, The Russian Gostiny Dvor reception room

Date: April 11-14

Apply to take part in the Conference 2019

Participation in the conference is free of charge!

Online registration closes: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 12:00 am.

The Conference will be held on the 12th and 13th of April, 2019 in Arkhangelsk

The location is in the main building of Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonossov, 17, Naberezhnaya Severnoy Dviny.

Choose accommodation

These hotels provide special offer for Conference participants.
During the Conference there will be transfer from event location and back.

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Dvina hotel

Address: Troitskiy avenue, 52, Arkhangelsk
Phone number: +7 8182 65‑77-77
Open: 24\7

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Novotel hotel

Address: Naberezhnaya Severnoy Dviny 55, Arkhangelsk
Phone number: +7 8182 22‑99-88
Site: /novotelarh
Open: 24\7

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Stolica Pomorja hotel

Address: Naberezhnaya Severnoy Dviny 88, Arkhangelsk
Phone number: +7 8182 42‑35-75, +7 8182 44‑35-75
Open: 24\7

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Contact us

For business program: Oleg Bulatov

For visa support: Anastasia Podolian

For media accreditation: Olga Schedrova
+74959870544, +79067787753

For hotel accommodation and transfer: Dmitry Chudin