КамчатНИРО 92

Kamchatka Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography

About the Institute

Kamchatka branch  of “Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography” (“KamchatNIRO”)

The history of Kamchatka branch  of “Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography” (“KamchatNIRO”)  began from 1932. In early period it was known as a branch of Pacific Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, and since 1995 it has been operating as a separate federal institute. The research priorities of KamchatNIRO imply organization and implementation of complex fisheries monitoring studies on the freshwater bodies and on the shelf of Kamchatka, adjacent waters of the North Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea, including:

  • Studies of biology, stock abundance and perspectives of fisheries  of  commercial fish and shellfish species;
  • Oceanographic studies;
  • Development of fishing gears and improvement of existing fishing methods;
  • Making environmental impact assessment for freshwater and marine ecosystems;
  • Working out scientific basis  for artificial rearing fish and shellfish;
  • Studying fish and shellfish diseases and providing recommendation how to prevent or to stop distribution of main known infections.


KamchatNIRO provides methodical, advisory and practical assistance in the fields including:

• organization and implementation of research works for the fisheries;

• aquaculture and first of all activities of salmon hatcheries, including recommendations on construction;

• making assessment of potential environmental impacts, effects on fish and fish habitats from  human activities (construction of different economic objects, mining mineral resources, etc.) and providing recommendations to mitigate the impacts;

• commercial fishing (testing and invention of fishing gears and methods of fishing);

• informing about achievements of fishery Sciences;

• providing methodical recommendations for keeping marine mammals  in captivity and supply of the mammals for keeping in zoological parks or aquariums

 Experts from the  "KamchatNIRO"

perform annual stock abundance assessment and make forecasts of the catches of the aquatic biological resources in the waters of the Sea of Okhotsk, the Bering Sea and Pacific Ocean adjacent to Kamchatka.