August 5, 2008

Russia Resumes Fishing Inspections in Northwestern Atlantic

MOSCOW. Aug 5 (Interfax) - A fish conservation inspection crew of the Federal Fisheries Agency is to resume patrolling missions in the northwestern Atlantic in August, restoring Russia's presence in this region after an absence of almost 20 years.

The Teriberka vessel of the Agency's Barents-White Sea Territorial Department, is to start patrolling an area agreed upon with the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization beginning from the middle of August 2008, the Russian State Fisheries Agency said in a statement.

Russian inspectors accredited by the organization will have the right to check ships catching fish in this region.

"It is a serious step for Russia which will again make its presence felt in this important fishing regions and support Russian fishermen," the Agency's spokesman Alexander Savelyev said.

Russian inspection vessels left this region after the Soviet economy and fishery complex broke up.

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