The IX International Research and Training Conference “Modern Fisheries and Environmental Problems of the Azov and Black Sea Region”

Dear colleagues!

We invite you to participate in the IX International Research and Training Conference “Modern Fisheries and Environmental Problems of the Azov and Black Sea Region”, dedicated to the 95-year Anniversary of the Southern Scientific Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography.

For further details – on the website of FSBSI “AzNIIRKH”

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Expedition of the Research Stuff of the Kerch Branch (“YugNIRO”) of the FSBSI AzNIIRKH to the Inland Water Bodies of the Republic of Crimea

Yet another season of multifaceted field research studies of the Kerch Branch (“YugNIRO”) of FSBSI AzNIIRKH has been concluded; in its course, the scientists from several laboratories studied the inland water bodies of the Republic of Crimea.

The leader of the expedition, Alexander Semik, considers that the group of scientists was working as a team, showed high levels of competence and enthusiasm. According to his words, the expedition could be deemed successful by all criteria: government contract was fulfilled in its entirety, the data on flora and fauna was collected, as well as the information on fodder base and abiotic parameters of the water bodies and on biouresources of the hyperhaline lakes of the Republic of Crimea.

The data will be used to determine recommended catch volumes for the aquatic bioresources of the saline lakes of the Republic of Crimea for 2018 and subsequent years.

Photo: A. M. Semik, Ye. A. Zamyatina

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Updated Index of Regulatory Instruments in the Area of Product Manufacturing Using Aquatic Bioresources as Raw Material

On the website of the Kerch Branch (“YugNIRO”) of the FSBSI “AzNIIRKH”, the Index of Regulatory Instruments in the Area of Product Manufacturing Using Aquatic Bioresources as Raw Material as for the 1st of November, 2017, is available for downloading. open

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The Report on Plan Fulfillment for the Thesis Work and Research Activity of a Research Assistant of the Kerch Branch (“YugNIRO”) of the FSBSI AzNIIRKH, Postgraduate N. A. Misar, was Presented at the Scientific and Technical Council of FSBEI HE “KSMTU”

Misar N.A., a research assistant from the Laboratory of the Bioresources of the World Ocean in the Kerch Branch (“YugNIRO”) of the FSBSI AzNIIRKH, presented a report on the plan fulfillment for his thesis work and research activity at the meeting of the Scientific and Technical Council of the FSBEI HE “KSMTU” on the 24th of October, 2017. The topic of the thesis in preparation is “Biological Characterization and Fisheries Prospects for the Species of Macrouridae Family in the Ross and the Amundsen Seas”. All data, upon which this research work is based, had been collected him personally in the course of fishing trips in the Antarctic seas.

Macrourus caml

The presented report contains brief biological characterization of the species Macrourus caml from the catches, obtained during fishing operations targeting Antarctic toothfish in the Ross and Amundsen Seas (Pacific part of the Southern Ocean). It was noted that this macrourus species is one of the most abundant and under-investigated species in the region. At this stage, the most attention was paid to the study of length, weight and sex composition of catches, fish food spectrum and hydrometeorologic conditions in the area of fishing operations.

In the conclusion of his report, N. A. Misar answered the questions concerning Macrourus caml fishing prospects in Pacific part of the Southern Ocean in great detail. Professor A. P. Zolotnitskiy, Ph.D in Biology, provides overall supervision over the studies and thesis preparatory works of the postgraduate.

The following members of the Scientific and Technical Council of the FSBEI HE “KSMTU” were present at the hearing of the report: the Secretary of Council S. S. Seregin, O. V. Demchuk, A. V. Dorovskoy, V. L. Konyukov, A. L. Falko, A. P. Zolotnitskiy, A. V. Kulish, S. G. Cherniy, D. V. Stepanov and others.

After hearing and discussion of the information given by the presenter, the Scientific and Technical Council took decision: to accept the report on N. A. Misar’s scientific research studies.

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A Volunteer Clean-Up was Carried Out by the “YugNIRO” Employees

An event, dedicated to clean-up and beautification of the “YugNIRO” grounds, took place on the 14th of October. The objective of the participants was to clean and tidy up several areas of interest, including the main building inside and outside (the courtyard) and the satellite receiving station on Mount Mithridat.

Another important objective was repurposing of the “YugNIRO” Assembly Hall. The participants did preparatory work for relocation of the Oceanic and Crimean Fauna Exhibition. As the result of performed activity, the display exhibits will be able to change their place of residence in the near future.

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VNIRO Held a Training Workshop on the ASFA System Operation

From the 16th to the 18th of October, 2017, the workshop on the matters of the informational database ASFA was held by an expert from the ASFA-Center, Research Fellow {Biology} Levashova Sophia Sergeyevna (VNIRO, Moskow), in the Kerch Branch (“YugNIRO”) of the FSBSI “AzNIIRKH”. Within the framework of the amended Agreement of Cooperation between the FSBSI “VNIRO” and the FSBSI “AzNIIRKH”, signed in April 2017 and dealing with the issue of appointing the FSBSI “AzNIIRKH” a collaborating center for the data input into the international database ASFA (FAO, Rome), physically based in the Kerch Branch (“YugNIRO”) in Kerch, technical matters of the database operation and functioning and its relevance and importance for experts in the sphere of fisheries were discussed, as well as the list of journals that would be processed by the Kerch Branch for their subsequent submission to VNIRO.

In the course of meeting, the executive in charge of timely data input into the database, the Head of the Group of Publishing and Translating Activity Kulakova Ye.O. was presented with the Certificate of Completion of the training, dedicated to preparation of bibliographic meta-data for the ASFA database.

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YugNIRO Proceedings, Vol. 54, 2017

The collection of research papers “YugNIRO Proceedings” (Anniversary Issue), Vol. 54, 2017 (part 1 and 2) is posted on the website of the Kerch Branch (“YugNIRO”) of the FSBSI “AzNIIRKH”:

  • Part 1 open (PDF/A, 53.8 Мб)
  • Part 2 open (PDF/A, 45.3 Мб)
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The 95th Anniversary of YugNIRO

On the 6th of October, the commemorative meeting, dedicated to the 95th Anniversary of the Kerch Branch (“YugNIRO”), was held.

(Video: Kerch-TV)

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Working Career Anniversaries

This year, three research scientists of the Kerch Branch (“YugNIRO”) commemorate significant anniversaries:

Rebik Sergei Timofeyevich: 50 years of working career
in more detail

Borovskaya Raisa Vasilyevna: 40 years of working career
in more detail

Zaytsev Alexander Konstantinovich: 40 years of working career
in more detail

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Expedition of the Researches from the Laboratory of Non-Finfish Resources and Hydrobiology to the Syvash Bay Area

On the 6th of July, 2017, the scheduled expedition of the researchers for the Laboratory of Non-Finfish Resources and Hydrobiology of the KB (“YugNIRO) of the FSBSI “AzNIIRKH” to the Syvash Bay area was carried out.

The water area from the village Urozhaynoye to the village Dmitrovka was studied. The main goal of the expedition was to collect hydrobiological samples for the sake of total stock assessment of aquatic living organisms (chironomid larvae, artemia, artemia at the cyst stage) in the Syvash Bay. Independent business owners, involved in the harvesting of aquatic bioresources in this water body, proved themselves to be of significant help for arranging of the expedition.

Phytoand zooplankton, and zoobenthos samples were collected according to the standard practices. The samples were brought to the Institute’s laboratory, where their further investigation will be performed. Expedition operations were conducted in full measure.

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Extensive Academic Conference of the Laboratory of the Bioresources of the World Ocean

On the 22nd of June, 2017, the Extensive Academic Conference of the Laboratory of the Bioresources of the World Ocean took place in the assembly hall of the Kerch Branch (“YugNIRO”); it was run by the Head of the Laboratory, A.K. Zaytsev. The report of the Senor Research Officer of the Laboratory, Sergey Rebik, was presented at the conference; it covered his work during the Patagonian and Antarctic toothfish fishing operations in the CCALMR area and the Southwestern Atlantic around Antarctic.

In October, 2016, S.T. Rebik among four experts from the laboratory, on the order of the Federal Agency for Fishery, was assigned as an international scientific observer to the Antarctic, in the area under the responsibility of the Antarctic Commission (CCAMLR). From the 1st of December, 2016, to the 6th of January, 2017, Sergey Rebik was working on the board of the Korean long-liner that was conducting deepwater fisheries of the Antarctic toothfish in the Ross Sea (Antarctic Pacific) along other 16 fisheries vessels from 8 states – CCAMLR members.

On the board of that vessel, S.T. Rebik, in collaboration with his colleague from another state, was performing the set of studies and observations provided by the CCAMLR codes and regulations. After the ban of fisheries in the Ross Sea was implemented, Sergey Rebik continued his scientific activity on the board of the same vessel, which moved to another fishing area, to the open waters of the area of Southwestern Atlantic around the Arctic, to the Scotia undersea bridge and Patagonian continental slope. There, S.T. Rebik worked on the Patagonian toothfish fishery till the end of June, 2017. All the studies and observations in the area were also being carried out according to the CCAMLR codes and regulations.

In his extensive report, Sergey Rebik presented the data on toothfish biology, as well as the biology of the species in by-catch, told about the special aspects of their distribution, and answered numerous questions of the participants. The data from his report will be used by CCAMLR for the development of scientific rationale for conservation of the Antarctic resources, as well as for continuation and development of rational fishing.

N.N. Kukharev, Senior Research Officer of the Laboratory of the Bioresources of the World Ocean

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