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The corresponding draft federal law “On Amendments to Article 15 of the Federal Law” On the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Russian Federation “and Article 26 of the Federal Law” On Fisheries and the Conservation of Aquatic Biological Resources “” was approved by the Government Commission on Legislative Activities.

“Our task is to ensure the conservation and restoration of the entire spectrum of Russian biodiversity, including in terms of aquatic biological resources, which are of serious importance for the ecosystem. Protection and protection of the population of marine mammals, other endangered, small-numbered species is an unconditional priority in the implemented environmental policy, ”said Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko. According to her, such a legislative initiative is a logical continuation of the Government’s actions in relation to the regulatory legal regulation of the peculiarities of harvesting, the use of marine mammals and the requirements for their maintenance.

The draft federal law prohibits commercial and coastal fishing for cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises).

In addition, it is planned to establish stricter regimes for regulating the fishing of marine mammals in the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation, up to the prohibition of fishing for certain species of marine mammals. The issue of establishing a permanent ban on the export of cetaceans outside the territory of the Russian Federation will be worked out at the level of the Eurasian Economic Union.

In 2020, at a meeting of the Government Commission on the Development of the Fisheries Complex, Victoria Abramchenko stated the need for an integrated approach to regulating the system of control over the turnover of marine mammals, including harvesting and use for cultural and educational purposes, and preventing their illegal export abroad.

Also last year, the Deputy Prime Minister supported the decision of the Commission on Rare and Endangered Animals, Plants and Mushrooms, as well as the opinion of the experts of the Russian Academy of Sciences on the inclusion of the Caspian seal and the Far Eastern population of the carnivorous killer whale in the Red Book of the Russian Federation, updated for the first time in 20 years.

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