Sakhalin invites the Japanese to jointly develop the Kuril Islands fishing industry

© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Chesnokova fotobanka in the Okhotsk sea off West coast of island Kunashir. Archival photoSakhalin invites the Japanese to jointly develop the Kuril Islands fishing industry© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Tecnocovering the image Bank

Sakhalin oblast is a Japanese jointly develop Kuril Islands fishing industry and tourism, it was stated by Deputy Chairman of the regional government Dmitry Nesterov at the meeting on the issue of joint economic activities on Wednesday.

The meeting was attended by the special adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan, Hasegawa, Ehjjiti.

«First of all, we propose to consider the possibility of cooperation in fishing industry… with Regard to the Kuril Islands are invited to enter projects on reproduction of water biological resources on the island of Iturup, Kunashir and Shikotan», — said Nesterov and presented specific projects.

Project construction and operation of a salmon hatchery on the lake of Silver on the island of Kunashir aims for an annual output of 20 million juvenile chum salmon and is aimed at restoring salmon populations.

The project production for pasture farming of aquatic bioresources in the Bay «a Good start» on the island of Iturup involves the cultivation of up to 1.3 thousand tons of oysters, crabs, and grey sea urchins and other biological resources. A similar project will be implemented in the village of Golovnino on Kunashir every year will grow to 2.5 thousand tons of oysters, shrimp, scallops etc. a Similar project for the island of Shikotan. The «island fish» offers a annual growing to 1.3 thousand tons of scallops, oysters, crabs.

The Japanese also invited to participate in the projects for the production of fishmeal, fish oil, processing of scallop, sea cucumber and seaweed. In particular, the project for the production of agar-agar based on natural, ecologically clean raw materials on Kunashir. It is planned to produce up to 800 tons of agar-agar.

The company «Yuzhno-Kurilsk RYBOKOMBINAT» is proposing to build a factory for processing fish waste. Here will establish the annual output of 8 thousand tons of fish flour and 5 thousand tons of fish oil.

Regarding tourism, the Japanese side can be interesting projects for the construction of a hotel and SPA on Kunashir and restaurants on Kunashir and Iturup. Now Sakhalin oblast was visited by about 4.5 million Japanese tourists per year.

«As one of the most important for the region and the municipality, I note the project of creating a Park of wind turbines on the island of Shikotan. The project involves the construction of generating facilities with a capacity of 8.8 MW and the development of power network infrastructure,» — said Nesterov.

He added that the Sakhalin authorities have an interest in new suggestions, for example, joint work on the study of aquatic biological resources, their processing, including in the sector of Biopharmaceuticals.

Special adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan, Hasegawa, Ehjjiti with a delegation of businessmen and officials arrived to Sakhalin to speed up the introduction of projects on joint economic activities on the four Kurile Islands, and to conduct the examination of the proposed Sakhalin-party projects.