ABSTRACT

The Soviet Far East’s role in the Soviet economy is distinguished by its national share of material supply for non-ferrous metallurgical industries, fish products and forest products. Forestry, however, harvests a potentially renewable raw material over much of the accessible land area of the Far East, and fishing derives its catch from a wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean and adjacent seas; together they exert the dominant influence on the region’s limited contiguous space economy and underdeveloped coastal settlement pattern. The region’s major settlements and economic activities, including defence, appear as unconnected map overlays in that they appear independent of each other and have interconnections or commonalities in the region’s space economy except for the export of primary commodities to the heartland, and the import of complex consumer and producer goods. The regional spatial and economic impact of forestry and fishing reflects key differences in the location of their resource bases.