Caspian countries abandoned industrial sturgeon fishing

Caspian countries abandoned industrial sturgeon fishing in 2014. This decision been fixed to total report took place in Astrakhan 34th Committee meeting Water Biological Resources Caspian 23 to Dec. 25.

As the Caspian Research Institute of Fisheries CaspNIRKH reported, the riparian countries will not manage industrial (commercial) catch of sturgeon fish species.

In fact, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Russia and Turkmenistan will continue the moratorium in 2013.

The key issue of the meeting was to discuss the draft agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of biological resources of the Caspian Sea. The sides exchanged views on the conceptual issues of this project: the structure of the Commission on Aquatic Biological Resources of the Caspian Sea, fisheries management, mechanism of the moratorium on sturgeon fish catch, etc. The parties identified the order of further work with the project agreement. The document will be prepared for signing by the heads of Caspian states on the 4th Caspian summit, which is expected to take place in the II half of 2014 in Astrakhan.

The sides exchanged information about the development of catch quotas, reproduction and protection of fish stocks by the end of 2013, and also provided information on the status of stocks of living aquatic resources based on the results of scientific research.

They agreed to hold the next meeting to discuss the draft agreement in the first quarter of 2014.

The Azerbaijani delegation was led by the Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan Rauf Hajiyev. -08D -


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