Fishermen Igarka already without fish
The first changes in the usual way of life under the influence of the new law have already been felt by the fishermen of the polar Igarka. They were forbidden to get local Yenisei fish, in particular, omul, vendace, and tugun, citing the fact that the agreement was over, and they were not going to conclude a new agreement. The reason, apparently, is in the very law “On amateur fishing”, in which fishing by the nets will be allowed only to fishermen of the Far East. However, the regional authorities do not name the cause, since Igarka’s fishermen’s requests remain unanswered. Therefore, fishermen asked for quotas for catching fish by nets in certain areas where, according to local residents, they have been catching Siberian vendace and Arctic omul for nets for decades, since there is no way to catch them with a fishing rod. Omul, by the way, has been banned from catching since 2012 and, probably, residents of Igarka will no longer be able to eat it. And fresh fish was and remains in those places one of the ways to obtain nutrients and vitamins, in particular, Omega-3 and Omega-6, found mainly in whitefish, in the same omul and vendace. I lived in Igarka and remember that on the table there was often a planer of omul and whitefish ice cream. Chips of fresh fish dipped in a sauce of vinegar with water, tomato paste, salt, pepper and some other ingredients. In this form, useful substances are stored much better than in smoked and fried form. Räpuska was light-salted. In addition to the fact that this is a very tasty food, as already mentioned, it is simply necessary for people in the Far North. I don’t know how now, but in those years when I lived in Igarka, it was impossible to buy fresh vegetables and fruits there. Only in the summer were the berries. Cloudberry rescued. Some mushrooms were also collected. And fruits and vegetables – only in the form of canned food, up to pineapples in jars. I still remember them. It seems that the residents of Igarka have bad money right now. The once powerful sawmill and transshipment plant supplying the Angarsk pine to many countries of the world barely breathes. That is why the Igarsky port has sunk. And once large ships came into it. And on sunny nights I heard English, French, German speech on the streets of Igarka. The sun hung red and evil over the horizon at night.
So now the residents of Igarka are asking the President not to raise salaries, they don’t need roads and entertainment. They would only be allowed to fish, but for them it means life.
A pair of fish at the aspic
As the staff of the Rosrybolovstvo press service figuratively put it, either you catch a couple of fishes in the aspic, or you are a poacher destroying biological resources. According to this service, in 2017, fishermen of fishing teams caught 131 tons of fish, and amateur fishermen managed to catch as many as 136 tons. The fish inspection complained, they say, hands fall from hopelessness. Now, under the new law, they are given many rights, including the use of weapons. And fines for an amateur fisherman have grown much, especially when compared with the average salary of a resident of provincial Russia, which often amounts to 15-20 thousand. There are more meager salaries, up to the cost of living. Fines can now reach unattainable heights, especially for illegal fishing with illegal gear – up to 500,000 rubles. In general – up to half a million. In the most difficult cases, the fisherman may receive a couple of years of corrective labor or a real term for the same 2 years. For violation of fishing rules – 2000-5000 rubles. For access to the water and parking by the river – 500-5000 rubles.