August 20, 2021

Who Fishes for Fishers?


Who Fishes for Fishers?
Delicious and worth poaching, apparently. The RussianLife files.

A recent court case in Buryatia has brought three men to justice after illegal fishing, two of whom were themselves fishery inspectors: those charged with preventing illegal fishing.

The three were caught and prosecuted for harvesting 156 spawning omul (a popular smoked snack, good with beer) from the Selenga River. According to the local wildlife authority (that is, the coworkers of two of the men), damages to the state totaled R1.1 million, or about $15,000.

The three received suspended sentences of two years, and the fishery employees are barred from holding their previous position while the sentence is active.

Despite the illegality, it's a great catch! We wish we were so lucky in our aquatic endeavors.

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