Russia: State-commercial brake on the development of marine aquaculture
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Published Nov 23, 2023
The State Environmental Expertise of Rosprirodnadzor has decided to prevent the Crimean enterprise NIO Marikultura from growing Mediterranean mussels and Pacific oysters in Sevastopol. This decision is due to the refusal of Western countries to consume Russian seafood, which means the products would have to be supplied to the Russian consumer. The expert commission cited various reasons for the negative conclusion, including lack of information about geological and hydrological conditions, pollution of surface waters, and the lack of certificates on pollutant dispersion.
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The State Environmental Expertise of Rosprirodnadzor in October of this year made a decision preventing the Crimean enterprise NIO Marikultura from growing Mediterranean mussels and Pacific oysters in the sea area of Sevastopol. Since Western countries are refusing to consume Russian seafood, the grown products had to be supplied to the Russian consumer. It should be noted that out of 11 members of the state expert commission, 8 are representatives of commercial structures. In a brief excursion into the natural conditions of the project for growing mussels and oysters in sea water, the expert commission, for some reason, focused on soil contamination in the Republic of Crimea with heavy metals and pesticides, a 4-fold increase in the number of cars, traffic jams as air pollutants . Further, the expert commission of Rosprirodnadzor cites “weighty” comments that served as the reason for the negative conclusion of the state environmental assessment (SEE) on the cultivation of bivalve ...