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Bilateral Agreement between the United States and Russia

The United States and Russia share many important stocks of living marine resources in the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, lending importance to coordination of efforts of the two countries to conserve and manage those resources. Marine resources of the Bering Sea include the Alaska pollock (Theragra chalcogramma), which supports one of the largest and most valuable commercial fisheries in the world. On May 31, 1988 the United States and Russia signed the “Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on Mutual Fisheries Relations”, establishing the U.S.-Russia Intergovernmental Consultative Committee. The main objective of the Agreement is to maintain a fisheries relationship that benefits both countries. The United States and Russia cooperate on scientific research, consul on fisheries matters beyond their EEZs and beyond the EEZ of any third party to ensure proper conservation and management, and cooperate to address Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing activities.


U.S.-Russia joint activities:

Fisheries Enforcement Cooperation: Efforts focus on stemming IUU fishing activity along the maritime boundary line in the Bering Sea and on the high seas in the North Pacific Ocean. Strong partnerships continue between the U.S. and Russian enforcement agencies.

Living Marine Resources: Bilateral cooperation, including research, on the condition of Bering Sea pollock stocks, Pacific salmon, sea birds, Steller sea lions, right whales, and northern fur seals.

Arctic Fisheries: Both countries conduct Arctic research and projects on fisheries, ecosystems, and marine mammals. Research focuses on loss of sea ice, ocean acidification, and studies using surface, mid-water, and bottom trawls.

On April 29, 2013, the United States and Russia signed a Joint Statement on Enhanced Fisheries Cooperation, which reaffirms the 1988 Agreement while focusing future cooperation on combatting IUU fishing, collaborating on science and management of Arctic fisheries, and advancing conservation efforts in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. Read more