Russia and China to sign deal to fight illicit fishing

Russia and China are planning an agreement to stop illegal, undeclared and unlicensed fishing, according to a Russian government directive.

The directive, signed on Sept. 11, instructs the Agriculture Ministry to negotiate and sign the planned accord.

The deal might be signed before the year end, Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries spokesman Alexander Savelyev told Interfax.

Russia already has such agreements with North and South Korea and Japan.

Moreover, Russia is planning to sign memorandums on measures against illegal, undeclared and unlicensed fishing with Canada and the United States.

"Bilateral documents and the enforcement of measures that they prescribe have proved to be effective, and so we expect that the memorandums with those countries will be signed quite soon," Savelyev said.

One measure the Russian-Chinese agreement would stipulate is a rule to make it mandatory for a fishing boat crew to show their own copy of their sale license to officials in the country where they bring their catch. The boat would only be allowed to unload its catch if the copy coincided with the original.

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