“Poaching of such scale is impossible.” Head of fishing association talks about “Crab King” case
The FSB conducted searches in the companies and the house of the Sakhalin entrepreneur Oleg Kahn.
Smuggling of the Kamchatka crab on an industrial scale for several years is impossible with the current level of state control, said the president of the fishery association Maxim Kozlov, commenting to RIA Novosti about the searches conducted by the FSB in the companies and house of Sakhalin's “crab king” Oleg Kan. The latter is suspected of illegal seafood capture and selling it to foreign customers.
“Very serious accusations were sounded publicly. And we are now waiting for professional evidence of the things that have been voiced in a number of programs. In the current conditions related to fighting against poaching, I consider it simply impossible to organize such large-scale illegal capture of aquatic biological resources – with hundreds of vessels under the national flag and huge sales of illegally caught crab to Japan and Korea,” the agency’s source said.
According to Kozlov, fish producers are constantly in touch with the border service, which admitted a decrease in the level of smuggling against the background of total control on Sakhalin.
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