Russia Northern Sakhalin salmon- trap/net

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This FIP includes  coastal trap nets and in-river beach seines used to capture pink and chum salmon in the sea and rivers of Northern Sakhalin in Okhinskii District. An MSC pre-assessment was completed for the fishery in 2017. The pre-assessment included five fishing companies who were interested in pursuing certification. Since completion of the pre-assessment in 2017, four (Krasnya Zarya Ltd; NazRybZavod Ltd; Neptun Ltd; and Vostok Ltd.) of the companies merged into one (Rybnovskii Losos Ltd). The remaining companies, Okha Ltd and Rybnovskii Losos Ltd, are now active FIP participants. These companies are relatively new to the region but  have demonstrated a desire to sustain the fishing resources over the long-term to promote economic stability of the region by choosing sustainable fishing practices. Other Sakhalin Island salmon fisheries have sought to achieve MSC certification over the past decade. The Aniva Bay pink salmon fishery on Southern Sakhalin Island entered full MSC assessment in 2010 but withdrew in 2014 after several consecutive poor salmon returns to the region. The Northeast Sakhalin pink salmon fishery successfully achieved MSC certification in 2012, however the certification was suspended in 2015 due to financial reasons. Okha Ltd and Rybnovskii losos are launching the first-ever comprehensive FIP on Sakhalin with a goal to achieve MSC Certification. Launching this FIP will potentially allow the fishery-clients to access new markets in North America and Europe. 

The Okhinskii District in Northern Sakhalin is remote with few roads and relatively sparse populations. As a result, the habitat is largely intact. There are no hatcheries located in the District so impacts to wild salmon populations due to enhancement activities are minimal. Although illegal fishing activities are known to be a problem on Sakhalin Island, the low population density and poor road access likely limit poaching in Northern Sakhalin. However, measures are needed to further strengthen enforcement and compliance in the district.
The pre-assessment identified a number of issues that would likely prevent the fishery from achieving MSC certification in the near future:

  • Pink salmon populations have been declining in recent years as evidenced by decreasing fishery catches and spawning escapements well below management targets.
  • While chum salmon catches have remained relatively stable in recent years, spawning escapements have also been well below management targets.
  • Sakhalin taimen and Kaluga sturgeon are considered ETP species that are known to be in the area. These species likely interact with the fishery but information is lacking.

This FIP is designed to address these issues and others identified in the pre-assessment so that the fishery can achieve MSC certification by 2022.

FIP Description 

This FIP includes  coastal trap nets and in-river beach seines used to capture pink and chum salmon in the sea and rivers of Northern Sakhalin in Okhinskii District. An MSC pre-assessment was completed for the fishery in 2017.

FIP Objective(s) 

Achieve MSC certification by 2022.

FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
December 2017
October 2022
The projected end date was changed from 2021 to 2022 because several actions are slower to implement than anticipated. For example, there have been some unexpected feasibility problems with the planned approach to assess ETP species (Action 7). More time is needed to implement an alternative approach. In addition, because of shipping delays due to complications from the Covid19 pandemic, critical scientific supplies needed to help assess the impact of Okha fisheries on other salmon stocks (Action 4) were not available in a timely manner. Without the necessary supplies, the schedule for completing the planned stock identification analyses had to be extended for another year.
Next Progress Report Due 
Thursday, December 30, 2021
Common Name 
Pink Salmon
Scientific Name
Oncorhynchus gorbuscha
Common Name 
Chum Salmon
Scientific Name
Oncorhynchus keta
Gear Type 
Beach Seine
Trap Net
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 61 (Pacific, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Russian Federation (the)
Geographic Scope 
Sea of Okhotsk, Sea of Japan, Sakhalin Oblast, Sakhalin Island
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
800 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
35,000 metric tons
Landings Date 
October 2020

FIP at a Glance

32% 68%
December 01, 2017
14% 43% 43%
Progress Rating

A - Advanced Progress
Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

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.

The ratings are currently derived by SFP from publicly available data on FIP websites, including, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
A Advanced Progress
Actions Complete

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  • Complete
  • Incomplete
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.
Dec 2021
Target End Date
Oct 2022

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
ForSea Solutions
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Natalia Novikova
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