In the sea area around Kaigara Island, part of the Habomai Islands in the Northern Territories, Hokkaido's fishing boats conduct annual kombu fishing. It was found that it increased to
The Hokkaido Fisheries Association analyzes that "in recent years, the Russian border guard has strengthened checks."
Part of the Habomai Islands in the Northern Territories, the sea area around Kaigara Island, is effectively controlled by Russia. I am fishing for kelp.
This year, the negotiations were delayed due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but kelp fishing was carried out from June 22nd to September 28th, and the local fishermen , increased the number of ships to be monitored to ensure safe operation.
According to the Hokkaido Fisheries Association and other sources, the number of fishing boats that underwent inspections by the Russian border security agency during that period reached a record high of 366, more than four times the number of last year's 87 vessels. .
Each inspection lasts 10 to 15 minutes, and it is said that the ship was visited to check whether there was a "instruction" necessary for operation and whether there was anything other than kelp.
On the other hand, there was no seizure.
An official of the Hokkaido Fisheries Association said, "In recent years, the Russian border guard has stepped up checks. It would be great if kelp fishing could continue next year."