The Ministry of Nature of the Kamchatka Krai is preparing a new edition of the regional Red Book. In the “fish” part it is recommended that 18 new species are included, but this is still an incomplete list. The updated version is expected to be approved by the end of the year.
The list has been put together by a team of authors from scientific institutes and institutions of the region, Fishnews was informed by the press service of the regional government. The Commission on rare and endangered animals, plants and fungi of the Kamchatka Krai considered the list at their most recent meeting.
The current edition of the Red Data Book of the Kamchatka Territory includes 30 species of fish, there are currently only 18 of them in the new edition. While Fishnews was told by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of Kamchatka, a “fish” list is expected to be adjusted in the near future, at the same time it has been suggested in the scientific community of Kamchatka that a number of species from the current version of the document are excluded from the new edition.
For the time being, the old scientific dispute regarding the mikizhi (Parasalmo mykiss) and Kamchatka salmon (Parasalmo penshinensis) remains unresolved: whether to consider them as one species or different (and, accordingly, include in the Red Book in one status or another). The Commission will continue to work on the formation of a regional “Red Book” list. The new edition of the book is supposed to be approved before the end of the year.