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Seoul secures additional pollack quota from Moscow

All Headlines 15:00 July 21, 2013

SEOUL, July 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has secured an additional pollack fishing quota of 19,500 tons from Russia following a bill passage by the South's parliament to prevent illegally caught Russian crab transactions, the fisheries ministry said Sunday.

Last May, the two countries agreed to set South Korea's fishing quota for pollack for this year at 20,500 tons, which is half of last year's allotment.

Russia had called on the South to pass a bill in the National Assembly to prevent illegally caught Russian crabs from reaching the country via Japan. After the South Korean parliament passed the bill, Russia restored the pollack fishing quota to its 2012 level of 40,000 tons.

"Russia allotted an additional 19,500 tons of pollack fishing quota to us as the bill was passed in the parliament," an official at the ministry said.

The agreement was made at the fifth round of the 22nd South Korea-Russia fisheries committee held in Moscow between Tuesday and Thursday.

ksnam@yna.co.kr
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