Establishment of a new federal organ for renewable natural resources has been discussed by the Russian Government and Presidential Administration for some time, Kommersant writes.
The Russian Federal Fisheries Agency can become the main basis for the new ministry, and will thus be separated from the Ministry of Agriculture. The fisheries agency was subjugated to the Ministry of Agriculture in May 2012, after four years of direct subordination to the government.
According to the government, the productivity of the Russian fisheries has fallen since the office’s subjugation to the Ministry of Agriculture: “For the first time in the last four years the positive development trend in the branch has undergone a negative change, including lower catches and lower production of fish products”, a governmental note reads.
The Russian Federal Fisheries Agency has been subject for reorganization several times since the break-up of the Soviet Union.
Affected ministries have until the end of January to express their opinion on the establishment of a new ministry, according to Kommersant.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.