As Sergey Zhvachkin, the Governor of the Tomsk region, noted in his opening speech, development of the fishery and aquaculture industry is a matter of priority today and the solution of this issue is a joint challenge for government authorities, companies and productions, universities and scientific organizations. According to him, one of the key problems hindering development of aquaculture is the absence of any specific government support and programs scientific support for every stage of the chain “reproduction – catching – shipment – processing – sale”. Technological development has a role to play too.
Moderator of the plenary sessions – Andrey Knorr, Vice-Governor of the Tomsk region
for agro-industrial policy and natural resource management, has pointed out to the participants that it is necessary to technologically develop the industry by making a note that aquaculture has significant innovation capacity and concerted development efforts will create demand for new scientific and technological solution and educational programs.
Yevgeny Kats, Head of the Department for regulation of fishery and aquaculture of the RF Ministry of Agriculture, specified in his statement that the current task at the federal level is to double the rate of aquaculture commercial output by 2020. According to Kats, to accomplish this, regions need to receive direct state support from the federal budget. In particular, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation has forwarded its proposals to support the construction project of Aquabiocenter in the Tomsk region to the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation. Yevgeny Kats has also noted that the industry development needs a scientific breakthrough both in fundamental and applied directions. “We, for our part, support the idea to create the Consortium that will unite all the stakeholders of fisheries industry development – jurisdictional scientific organizations and universities”, - said Kats.
According to Yelena Troshina, head of the Aquaculture Authority of the Federal Fishery Agency, aquaculture now takes a leading role in the economy of Siberia. However, Russia uses only 3% of its capacity in the field of fish rearing for sale. The industry development requires set of measures to be taken such as development of fish farm networks in Siberia, extension of the state support including subsidizing of interest rates for fishery loans etc.
As explained by Sergey Davydenko, Deputy Director for Aquaculture of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “GosRybCentr”, these days, it is necessary to enhance the role of regions in regulation of amateur fishing and allocation of lots for aquaculture use. “As for the development of fodder production for aquaculture, the regions should use local raw materials in order to reduce production costs. Provision of farms with high quality fish seed will be possible through creation of regional fish farm network” – noted the management representative of GosRybCentr.
The conference will last for two days. During these days participants will develop consolidated position concerning such issues as promotion of the industry investment potential, improvement of business operations conditions, development of financial tools and government regulation, implementation support for industry projects and design of new agendas for research activities which will be able to support production startup and economic development of freshwater resources of the Russian regions.
The hosts of the Conference are Tomsk region Administration, Federal Fisheries Agency, Federal State Budgetary Scientific Institution “GosRybCentr”, National research Tomsk State University, Interregional Association “Siberian Accord”.