Russia Kunashir salmon - trap/net

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This FIP includes coastal trap nets, beach seines, and anchored set gillnets operated by PCF Yuzhno-Kurilsky Ryibokombinat Co., Ltd. (YKRK Co., Ltd.). Currently, the fishery is only using coastal trap nets as primary gear that capture pink and chum salmon along the coast of Kunashir Island which is administratively a part of the Sakhalin Oblast of the Far Eastern Federal Region of the Russian Federation. For management purposes, the fishery is located in the South Kuril Fishery subzone. The company was founded in 1946, reorganized in 1999, and is now a dynamically developing enterprise that has gone far beyond the coastal processing in the village of Yuzhno-Kurilsk. It is one of the largest fishing enterprises in the Sakhalin region. The catch of the company’s multiple species reaches 42,000 metric tons annually. The company owns and operates a salmon hatchery located at the Lagunnoye Lake which began releasing juvenile chum salmon in 2018. 

In 2021, ForSea Solutions completed an MSC pre-assessment for the Kunashir fishery operated by YKRK Co., Ltd., who is interested in pursuing MSC certification. The Units of Assessment include pink and chum salmon stocks with each species considered as separate scoring elements in Principal 1. 

Strengths of the fishery include the use of selective gear and low bycatch, management that meets most requirements including low IUU activity, and strong interest to control hatchery impacts. However, the assessment identified several weaknesses that the client-company wants to focus on in this FIP including reduced escapement monitoring, low escapement levels of pink salmon in recent years, lack of hatchery marking and monitoring, insufficient ETP monitoring, and lack of responsiveness to serious issues in the fishery.  

This FIP is designed to address these issues and others identified in the pre-assessment so that the fishery can achieve MSC certification by 2026. The client-fishery is launching a comprehensive FIP on Kunashir Island with the goal to achieve MSC Certification. Launching this FIP will potentially allow the fishery-client to access new markets in North America and Europe.

FIP Description 

This FIP includes coastal trap nets, beach seines, and anchored set gillnets operated by PCF Yuzhno-Kurilsky Ryibokombinat Co., Ltd. (YKRK Co., Ltd.).

FIP Objective(s) 

Achieve MSC certification by 2026.

FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
August 2021
December 2026
Next Progress Report Due 
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Common Name 
Pink Salmon
Scientific Name
Oncorhynchus gorbuscha
Common Name 
Chum Salmon
Scientific Name
Oncorhynchus keta
Gear Type 
Trap Net
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 61 (Pacific, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Russian Federation (the)
Geographic Scope 
Kunashir Island, Sakhalin Oblast, Sea of Okhotsk, South Kuril (61.04) Fishery Zone
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
600 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
900 metric tons
Landings Date 
October 2020

FIP at a Glance

14% 14% 71%
August 01, 2021
14% 14% 71%
Progress Rating

A - Advanced Progress
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B - Good Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 in more than 12 months AND Stage 3 activity in the last year; OR a basic FIP that has achieved Stage 4 or 5 achievements within the past 12 months.

C - Some Recent Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months but has not generated a Stage 3 result within the past 12 months OR a FIP younger than a year that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has completed a Stage 3 activity.

D - Some Past Progress
A FIP for which the most recent publicly reported Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 30) months.

E - Negligible Progress
A FIP older than a year that has not reported a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 30 month (but less than 36) months; OR a FIP younger than 1 year that has not reported a Stage 3 activity.

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Next Update Due FisheryProgress requires a FIP to provide update reports every six months, and two missed reports will render the FIP inactive. If a report is overdue, this date will appear red.
Apr 2022
Target End Date
Dec 2026

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
ForSea Solutions LLC
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Natasha Novikova
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