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
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.
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.»
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
Online registration closes: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 12:00 am.
These hotels provide special offer for Conference participants.
During the Conference there will be transfer from event location and back.
For business program: Oleg Bulatov
For visa support: Anastasia Podolian
For media accreditation: Olga Schedrova
For hotel accommodation and transfer: Dmitry Chudin