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Drift-net fishery is conducted by means of nets which are sent drifting downstream in a river or in the ocean. Fishermen from Japan engage in large-scale drift-netting of Pacific salmon in Russian waters under an intergovernmental agreement, while Russian fishery workers conduct studies of salmon stocks under a scientific program.
Gorbunov said at the opening of the ninth international congress of fishermen, "Provision must be made for examining as a reply measure the introduction of a full ban on Japan's drift-netting within Russia's exclusive economic zone".
He added that the theme of a ban on Japan's drift-netting had been raised more than once by fishermen in the region as well. "Proposals to this effect were upheld by the Audit Chamber and Far Eastern constituent entities of the Russian Federation," he said, specifying that the permission for this type of fishery "is exclusively (a gesture of) goodwill of our State".
"Drift-netting by Japanese boats in our waters increased under the provisions of an agreement signed in 1977. We shall, of course, analyse this proposal," Shestakov said.
On August 5, the government of Japan approved the application of an additional set of sanctions with regard to Russia in view of the situation around Ukraine. Forty Russian companies and two Crimean ones "Chernomorneftegas" (Black Sea oil and gas) and "Feodosia" were put on the sanctions list. The sanctions envision a freeze on the bank accounts of natural persons and legal entities.