Contemporary Issues of Commercial Invertebrates’ Harvesting in the Russian Sector of the Barents Sea


The Russian fishery for invertebrate hydrobionts in the Barents Sea includes the list of a dozen species of crustaceans, mollusks, and echinoderms. This type of fishery is characterized by great diversity in relation to the status of exploited stocks, catch size, and economic efficiency of the fishery. The list of up-to-date problems of this industry is long and includes biological, scientific, commercial, socio-economical, and market issues. Among the main problems of the Russian invertebrate fishery in the Barents Sea, overfishing, underutilization of a number of stocks, and significant emissions from fishing waste are considered. The causes of these problems, possible solutions and the priorities of such a solution are analyzed.

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