A few weeks ago the Yomiuri News on-line reported the following:
On the 24th (June) the Russian senate approved a bill which would, from January next year, prohibit mass drift net catching of salmon within 200 nautical miles (about 370 kilometers) from the coast that was the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
The Lower House also approved a bill, and President Putin signed his name to carry it out. In the Russian EEZ the Japanese fishing boats were doing drift net fishing. Centering on Hokkaido the bill looked likely would be a big blow and it also affected relation between Japan and Russia.
Regarding the bill it was submitted to the Lower House in December of last year by Councilors from Russia Far East Kamchatka for reasons of protecting fishing resources. The contents would prohibit drift net fishing as from January next year, including Russian fishing boats.
Regarding the drift net fishing prohibition, it affected the eastern area of Hokkaido. There was view point that it would go beyond 25,000 million yen a year (trial calculation by Nemuro city). For the Japanese Government they opposed the bill and regarded it as "scientifically groundless". In the evening of the 24th Prime Minister Abe had a phone call discussion with President Putin, telling him the worry of the Japanese fishermen concerned, and asking for cooperation so that the bill’s passage could be avoided. But the bill was approved about 4 hours later.
After 1985, regarding the Russian EEZ, by yearly negotiation, allocation on fish catch between Japan and Russia was decided. Japanese fishing boats paid a fishing fee in order to operate there.
According to the Fisheries Agency in the fishing season 2014 (June-July) there were about 6,400 tons (3,300 million yen) of salmon landing volume from the said water area, being about 4 % of the landing volume of the whole country. Even if there was a prohibition on fishing, a view point was that the impact was limited. But there was a possibility that domestic circulation values would rise.
It seems that fish price in Japan will go up because of this restriction on fishing.