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.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.