Japan and Russia have agreed on a sharp cut in this year's quota for salmon and trout fished by Japanese ships within Russia's exclusive economic zone, according to the Japanese Fisheries Agency.

The two countries also agreed that the Japanese side will switch from drift-net fishing to a form of trawling following a Russian ban on the former method in January.

Despite the precipitous cut, from last year's 1,961.75 tons to a meager 68.88 tons, the new quota is not expected to greatly affect the supplies of salmon and trout in Japan because these species of fish are imported in large quantities from countries such as Chile and Norway.