Russia keeps fish quota unchanged

JIJI

The Japanese and Russian governments have agreed to keep Japan’s fishing quota unchanged for 2014 in waters around the disputed Russian-held islands off Hokkaido, sources said.

The agreement was reached in fishery talks Wednesday in Moscow, according to the sources, who had access to the talks. The 2014 quota will include 955 tons for walleye pollack, they said.

Japan will pay ¥42.4 million to Russia in fishing fees.

During the negotiations, the Japanese side addressed the issue of damage to Japanese fishing boats presumably caused by Russian trawlers.

Japan also proposed introducing a system enabling fishing boats from both countries to communicate directly to prevent accidents and other trouble.