Key accents in the work of the first day of the VNIRO Board
29 June 2023

Key accents in the work of the first day of the VNIRO Board

On June 28-29, Petrozavodsk hosts the board of the All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, which summarizes the results of the work of the Central Institute and branches for 2022 and the first half of 2023. The board members discuss promising areas for further development of VNIRO's activities as a key scientific center of the fisheries industry.
June 28 - the first day of the board - was held under the chairmanship of the Director of VNIRO Kirill Kolonchin. Alexander Khristenko, the head of the North-Western TU of Rosrybolovstvo, took part in the meeting of the board.
Opening the meeting, Kirill Kolonchin noted the positive dynamics of the development of the Central Institute and its branches over the years since the unification of all fisheries management institutes into a single entity under the auspices of VNIRO. "We all see the changes taking place perfectly. This includes an increase in the level of wages, and equipping branches, even small ones, with modern high-tech equipment, and improvements of a purely domestic nature, when instead of rented premises, the branch moves into its own. But that's not the main thing. It is important that branches begin to think big, set serious tasks for themselves and successfully implement them. This testifies to the great potential of VNIRO as a scientific center," Kirill Kolonchin stressed.
A series of reports by the heads of VNIRO branches introduced the board members to the results of comprehensive scientific research conducted by scientists in the area of responsibility of the branches in order to ensure the rational exploitation of commercial stocks and stimulate fisheries activities in the interests of socio-economic development of the regions of Russia.
As part of the state task, VNIRO successfully implements large-scale expedition projects, as well as an extensive block of research in freshwater objects of important commercial importance. Scientists conduct multidisciplinary monitoring studies in all fisheries basins of our country, study the condition and maintain the bio-productivity of aquatic ecosystems, develop measures to reduce anthropogenic pressure on them, contribute to the conservation of valuable species of aquatic biological resources, such as sturgeon fish, Baikal omul, marine mammals.
An additional impetus for the development of the Institute's expeditionary activities will be given by the successful implementation of the project to create Collective Use Centers (CCPs) by the VNIRO research fleet.
In addition, special attention was paid to the problems of the development of domestic aquaculture in the context of import substitution policy and leading technological trends. At the moment, VNIRO scientists are developing and testing innovative methods of growing various types of fish, shellfish, algae, creating unique feed recipes for them, integrating the results of their research into the industrial sector.
In particular, the center for collective use of VNIRO "Fisheries Genomics" accumulates innovative developments in the field of genomic editing, which scientists successfully share with business representatives within the framework of an extensive network of cooperation.
Of no less interest was the proposal to replicate to VNIRO branches the successful experience of using artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities obtained by the Azov-Black Sea branch of the Institute during research.
The first day of the board's work ended with awarding branch awards and VNIRO commendations to the heads of branches demonstrating high performance in scientific and managerial activities.
VNIRO Press Service