Russia Western Kamchatka salmon - beach seine/trap net

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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 FIP covers 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 been high in recent years. There are no hatcheries on the rivers under assessment. 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 

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 
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
January 2014
June 2021
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 to align it with the VA-Delta re-certification timeline. However, the FIP species were not included in the re-assessment at this time.
Next Progress Report Due 
Friday, April 30, 2021
Common Name 
Coho Salmon
Scientific Name
Oncorhynchus kisutch
Common Name 
Sockeye Salmon
Scientific Name
Oncorhynchus nerka
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, Western Coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
1,370 metric tons

FIP at a Glance

January 01, 2014
57% 39% 4%
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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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.
Apr 2021
Target End Date
Jun 2021
Additional Impacts:

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
ForSea Solutions
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Natalia Novikova
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