Final Report: Recreational Fisheries Management Exchange

This two-part exchange was intended to enable leaders in the Russian Far East’s regional fisheries management agencies to benefit from the expertise of North American fisheries managers in devising ecologically, socially, and financially responsible strategies to handle recreational angling demand. This exchange draws from the Wild Salmon Center’s mission: The mission of the Wild Salmon Center is to identify, understand and protect the best wild salmon ecosystems of the Pacific Rim. We devise and implement practical strategies, based on the best science, to protect forever these extraordinary places and their biodiversity. We have identified recreational angling tourism as a practical, economically viable and ecologically sustainable strategy for Russian regions with salmon populations to derive benefits from their fishery resources, while supporting science and conservation goals.

Small-Scale Renewable Energy and Salmon Conservation in Kamchatka

Throughout the Russian Far East, the development of extractive fossil fuel industries is seen as the linchpin for economic development and the generation of hard capital reserves. Because the fossil fuel infrastructure of drills, pipelines, derricks, mines, and access roads poses a grave threat to the wild salmon stocks and the ecosystems on which they depend, the Wild Salmon Center is formulating policy and technical recommendations to meet the region’s energy and development needs while ensuring the protection of salmon habitat for posterity.