COMPLETED Russia Western Kamchatka salmon - beach seine/trap net

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What is a Completed FIP?
Completed FIPs are those that have independent verification that they have achieved their environmental objectives and/or graduated to MSC full assessment or other program assessment. Completed FIPs no longer report on their environmental performance but may choose to voluntarily report on their social performance.

Date of Completion: Feb 2022
Explanation of Completion: The FIP changed its scope to remove sockeye salmon based on reassessment results. Coho salmon managed in the Kamchatka-Kuril subzone (Ozernaya, Yavinskaya, Koshegochek, Golygina, Opala and Pymta rivers) successfully achieved MSC certification in 2021.
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The Vityaz-Avto and Delta West Kamchatka salmon fishery is located on the western coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. The fishery area includes the northern portion of the Kamchatka-Kuril fishery subzone (05.4) and the southern portion of the Western Kamchatka subzone (05.2). This FIP, initiated in 2015 covered coastal trap nets and in-river beach seines harvest methods used by the fishers to catch coho and sockeye salmon returning to the Vorovskaya, Opala, Golygina, and Koshegochek rivers; coho to the Ozernaya river; and sockeye to the Kol river from July to September. An MSC pre-assessment was completed for pink, chum, sockeye and coho salmon returning to these rivers in 2014 (excluding Ozernaya sockeye which were already MSC certified). A portion of the fishery (pink and chum salmon returning to the Vorovskaya, Kol, Opala, Golygina, Koshegochek, and Ozernaya rivers, as well as coho salmon to the Kol River) entered full MSC assessment in March 2015 and got certified in September 2016.

The fishery has been managed for region-wide escapement goals, and catches have remained high in recent years. There are no hatcheries on the rivers under assessment/certification. Kamchatka steelhead/rainbow trout is an ETP species that occurs in the area, but there is little information on how many steelhead are caught by the commercial fishery. Chinook salmon are present as well, but their numbers have been low enough to prompt a commercial harvest ban starting in 2010.

FIP Description Update February 2022

In 2018-2019, two more companies, Kamber Co Ltd and Pymta Co Ltd joined the main certificate holders, Vityaz-Avto Co. Ltd and Delta Co Ltd as the new co-sharers of the West Kamchatka Salmon fishery salmon certificate. As a result, two additional UoAs for pink and chum salmon, returning to Pymta River successfully underwent an assessment as part of the scope extension process and were certified in October 2019. The coho and sockeye salmon returning to Pymta and other rivers (excluding Kol coho which were already MSC certified since 2016) were assessed as primary species and did not get certified. 

In 2020, the Vityaz-Avto, Delta, Kamber, Pymta client-group entered the first re-assessment for the West Kamchatka salmon fishery. In July of 2021, six UoAs previously certified, i.e. the Ozernaya River sockeye salmon, pink and chum salmon in the Ozernaya, Opala, Golygina, Koshegochek, Pymta, Kol rivers (Kamchatka-Kuril subzone), pink and chum salmon in Vorovskaya river (Western Kamchatka subzone), and the Kol river coho salmon passed recertification.

Finally, the FIP coho species were included in this assessment. As a result, the FIP coho salmon managed in the Kamchatka-Kuril subzone (Ozernaya, Yavinskaya, Koshegochek, Golygina, Opala and Pymta rivers) successfully passed the certification. However, coho salmon returning to Vorovskaya river and sockeye salmon targeted in this FIP did not gain MSC certification at this time (p. 11, Figure 1. Location of the fishery units of certification in western Kamchatka rivers included are highlighted and underlined of "VA-Delta MSC PCR Revised 12.28.21.pdf"). "Sockeye in western Kamchatka north of the Bolshaya were identified as a minor P2 species due to limited stock assessment data for sockeye in this area" (p. 46, "VA-Delta MSC PCR Revised 12.28.21.pdf"). Therefore, the client-fishery made the decision to complete this FIP for coho species and discontinued the sockeye FIP. It is worth noting, during this reassessment some non-Ozernaya sockeye were identified as inseparable or practically inseparable. According to the Assessment Team at MRAG Americas, "about 90% of the sockeye salmon harvested from marine parcels south of the Opala River have been found to be Ozernaya-bound sockeye" and "thus, sockeye from marine parcels between the Opala and Ozernaya rivers are candidates to be [...] sold as certified" (p. 16, Section 4.4 Eligibility of Inseparable or Practicably Inseparable (IPI) stock(s) ​​​of "VA-Delta MSC PCR Revised 12.28.21.pdf"). The Public Certification Report (PCR) published on MSC in July was revised by MRAG Americas in December 2021 and is now available: VA-Delta MSC PCR Revised 12.28.21.pdf. For any additional information regarding this fishery, please refer to its main MSC profile: https://fisheries.msc.org/en/fisheries/va-delta-kamchatka-salmon-fisheries/@@assessments

FIP Description 

The Vityaz-Avto and Delta West Kamchatka salmon fishery is located on the western coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia.

FIP Objective(s) 

Achieve MSC certification by 2021.

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
January 2014
December 2021
Update 
This FIP is closely related to the VA-Delta Kamchatka salmon fisheries which was MSC certified in September 2016. In September 2020, this fishery announced its re-assessment and the MSC annual audit occured in October 2020 with anticipated certification by summer 2021. It was originally planned for Vityaz Avto and Delta to include the non-certified species targeted in this FIP during the re-assessment rather than initiating a separate assessment for cost effectiveness. Therefore, the project end date was extended from April 2020 to June 2021 and finally to December 2021 to align it with the VA-Delta recertification timeline. As a result, the FIP species were included in the assessment at this time. The coho FIP managed in the Kamchatka-Kuril subzone successfully achieved the certification in July 2021.
Species 
Common Name 
Coho Salmon
Scientific Name
Oncorhynchus kisutch
Gear Type 
Beach Seine
Trap Net
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 61 (Pacific, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Russian Federation (the)
Geographic Scope 
Sea of Okhotsk, Western Coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Kamchata-Kuril management subzone
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
NPAFC
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
1,370 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

18% 82%
January 01, 2014
57% 39% 4%
Progress Rating (A) Advanced Progress

Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

(B) Good Progress

A basic FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result within 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 AND has reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
  • A FIP younger than 12 months that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has reported a Stage 3 activity within the first 12 months.
(D) Some Past Progress
  • A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months BUT has not reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
  • A FIP for which the most recent Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 36) months old AND a Stage 3 activity has been reported within six months.
  • A FIP 12-36 months old that has never reported a Stage 4 or 5 result AND has reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
(E) Negligible Progress
  • A FIP for which the most recent Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 36) months old, with no Stage 3 activity reported in the last six months.
  • A FIP younger than 12 months with no Stage 3 activity reported within 12 months.
  • A FIP 12-36 months old that has never reported a Stage 4 or 5 result AND has not reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.

The ratings are currently derived by SFP from publicly available data on FIP websites, including FisheryProgress.org, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF

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Target End Date
Dec 2021
Additional Impacts:
IUU

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
ForSea Solutions LLC
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Natasha Novikova
Phone 
19713319612
FIP Identification Number The FIP Identification Number is automatically generated by FisheryProgress when a FIP profile is created. While the number itself is not meaningful, they are used by NGOs, academia, and industry to refer to FIPs in a consistent way.
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