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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fish Quota Stable

MOSCOW -- Russia and Japan have agreed to leave fishing quotas around the disputed Kuril Islands unchanged in 2000, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

The memorandum, signed after talks in Moscow last week, allows Japanese trawlers to catch 2,000 metric tons each of walleye pollack and rock trout in waters around the Kurils for the year, the ministry said.

In return for the fishing rights, Japan agreed to pay Russia 20 million yen ($193,000) and provide Russia with equipment for fishing-related research worth 15 million yen, the same as in 1999.

In accordance with an agreement on sea resources signed in 1998, Japan will also provide technical assistance to Russia worth 240 million yen ($2.3 million) over the next year.