Monday, 2 March 2015

The other side of salmon fishing in Russia. 3+2+1 parts

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Vasil Bykau

Part 3

Fishing on the coast of the White Sea has changed dramatically in recent years. Now the commercial fishing of salmon at sea is prohibited. The scope and intensity of fishing on the sea can be seen in the remains of boats and ships. Were the ruins of the collective farm buildings, factories and accessories for harvesting salmon, herring. Now the government is allowed coastal fishing in the shallows and seasonal special salmon fishing nets - traps. Local fishermen used to live the old houses, which were built 40 to 60 years ago. Sometimes the network is not used according to the rules and block the progress of salmon in the river. In the photo you can see the mouth of the river Chapoma, partitioned networks. Locals sometimes engaged in recreational fishing. Usually they use the old spinning with baubles, sometimes use fly and float.


 Dead fishing factory of Varzuga estuary


 The oldest local fisherman of Chavanga village

Coast fishing at the Chapoma village




20 years ago - Chavanga Pokosy camp, local boys


Boats die on the shore. They do not burn and do not break. They have to die themselves.


Dead boat at the Varzuga estuary

 fish on the wind


Nets for flat fish, White sea coast


Old fisherman house, east of Pulonga river



 Chapoma river estuary


the ruins of Varzuga eastuary factory






 2005 year- Chavanga fishing boats. Now - no one survive




White sea hering, 10 years ago



 Pulonga river estuary, only one house for only one man


so boats pulled ashore

Boats cementary, sea  bank near the Chavanga village




the same at the Varzuga estuary,

High  tide - low tide, falt fishing for fats fish, coregonus and sea trout


Porcher`s net at the Pialitsa river.
Ichtiologist of Murmansk  take it off the water



Fishermen house inside



Nice salmon of Pulonga river 


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Part 2

Of course, something you can see from the window of the helicopter. But the interesting thing is still happening on the ground, right next to us. Here, I posted some photos of the truck, which sometimes have to travel on the Kola Peninsula in search of fish rivers. And some of the adventures that await us along the way. Flying a helicopter is not stored in memory, but these adventures remember for years to come.



UAZ all road car in the Kuzomen desert, Varzuga estuary






Ichtiologist track stopped at the sea bank, Strelna region


Our ZIL track broken at the Chavanga



The biggest one  in our region, Chavnaga village

GTs-  medium size track


One of the oldes ZIL we used for our transfer in 1990-- years
The biggest  got stuck in the swamp going to the upper Chavanga sites

Our famous Volvo in the swamp near Pokosy camp

Dead one  - UAZ

The next dead


Volvo  fell into a hole in the swamp and lost the caterpillar

At the bottom
One weel want to go away
Hard job
One of the way the locals use to repare something





Hand made all road vehicle







ZAZ  - the latest model





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Part 1


Not so long ago, I had to re-discuss the shipping options for anglers fishing grounds. There is always taken into account several factors-distance, time and price. Here, a variety of combinations, sometimes quite unexpected. For example - the helicopter is not necessarily the fastest way to deliver anglers to the river. But I would like to draw your attention to the other side of the road from the airport to the river. In an effort to reduce travel time, we lose the opportunity to see the beautiful of this wild land, untouched nature and rich historical and cultural background that surrounds us in the Russian north.

I will try to illustrate this point by publishing a series of photos about the nature, history and traditions of the area and the local population.

































































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