This is a brief review of the development of the Russian fisheries during the twentieth century from a fresh water
fishery to a marine fishery and the effect of the change in economic systems upon its fisheries. Of particular interest are the
similarities of change following the October revolution in 1917 and again with the resignation of Gorbachev in 1991. The
shortage of money, inflation and other currency problems, an uncertain legal system and crime, and the general failure of
production all seem to be characteristic of these periods of readjustment. Fisheries reflect this change and in both cases, the
following catch dropped by about 70 percent in 1919 and by 60 percent in 1994 below their previous highs. This paper
highlights some of the events of these two periods.
Atkinson, C.E. Economic Change and the Fisheries of Russia. In: Microbehavior and Macroresults:Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute ofFisheries Economics and Trade, July 10-14, 2000, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.Compiled by Richard S. Johnston and Ann L. Shriver. InternationalInstitute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2001.