Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

Recovery of Baltic wild salmon population planned for Russian river

the wild salmon population in Luga River, North-West Russia – having a significant impact in
preventing the decline of all the Baltic salmon – would be possible with better
management plan, developed further today in St. Petersburg, Russia. Respective
national authorities, experts
from the research community
and other local stakeholders are actively involved in weighing in possible scenarios based
on the fresh   of one of the pilots of the HELCOM BASE project. The protection efforts in Luga will feed into
the implementation of 2013 Ministerial commitments to further pursue conservation
goals for the Baltic salmon and sea trout. The Luga River has key importance since it is one of the few
remaining wild salmon rivers that runs into the Gulf of Finland ; besides it is
free of migration barriers for ascending salmon, hence allowing the fish to
reach the reproduction areas of the river. The Luga has recently been listed as
one of the priority rivers in need of conservation and restoration measures by (based on the outcome of ) and had also been listed previously as a priority salmon
river by the former International Baltic Sea Fishery Commission (IBSFC). An inventory of wild salmon and sea trout populations in
Luga River has been a key activity of the biodiversity
of the EU-funded BASE Project, carried out since May last year.  The main factors affecting the populations
include poaching, polluted spawning grounds, as well as intensive port
construction in the estuarine area of Luga River. An important feature of the
pilot has been to establish dialogue and to share information with the local
communities including fishermen, residents at large and organizations. ast October, the HELCOM Ministers to prioritize and intensify implementation of
HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) conservation goals for the Baltic salmon and sea trout to be met
by 2015. In order to promote and ensure that the recommendations of
BSAP, as well as of the from 2011 would materialize also in Russia, it is important
that specific action takes place in the Gulf of Finland catchment for the
restoration of rivers, such as the Luga.  * Note for editors: (2012–2014) supports the implementation of the Baltic
Sea Action Plan (BSAP) in Russia. BASE addresses altogether three priority
areas of the HELCOM BSAP: eutrophication, hazardous substances, and
biodiversity and nature protection. Within BASE, monitoring activities to
support and measure the progress within the abovementioned segments are also
being carried out. The pilot projects (See: )
are implemented by experts from Russia with the support of EU experts, while
the overall Project, funded by EU, is managed by the HELCOM Secretariat and St.
Petersburg Public Organization “”.
 he Baltic
Marine Environment Protection Commission, usually referred to as , is an intergovernmental
organization of the nine Baltic Sea coastal countries and the European Union
working to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea from all sources of
pollution and to ensure safety of navigation in the region. Since 1974, HELCOM
has been the governing body of the ‘Convention on the Protection of the Marine
Environment of the Baltic Sea Area’, more commonly known as the Helsinki
Convention. * * *For
further information, please contact:Saija Vuola
Project Manager
Tel: +358 40 668 4657
Skype: helcom48
E-mail: saija.vuola(@)
Information Secretary
Tel: +358 40 523 8988
Skype: helcom70
E-mail: johanna.laurila(@)

Development of management plans for Luga River salmon, North-West Russia – having a major impact in preventing the decline of all the Baltic salmon – moves ahead today in St. Petersburg.