Russia, Ukraine Discussing Allowable Capture Level in Azov Sea

Russia and Ukraine are discussing the total allowable fish capture level in the Azov Sea within the framework of the protocol on quotas, head of the Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries Ilya Shestakov told reporters, TASS reports.

“We held the commission meeting. We are discussing with them [with Ukraine – TASS] the total allowable capture level that can be in the Azov Sea,” the official said.

Russia and Ukraine reached consensus in talks related to signing of the fishing quotas protocol for the Sea of Azov for 2020, deputy head of the agency Vasily Sokolov said earlier. The protocol on quotas will be signed by the countries by 2019 year-end, he said.

The protocol on use of natural resources in the Sea of Azov is signed annually between Russia and Ukraine. The Azov Sea is the interior sea of two countries – Russia and Ukraine. Fisheries are regulated by the bilateral Russian-Ukrainian commission.