The Caspian countries are working together to restore the sturgeons population
The Caspian countries are working together to restore the sturgeons population. The opportunity was introduced following the Aktau Summit. Part of the provisions of the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea includes cooperation in fighting poaching and open new opportunities in joint research efforts.
NARIMAN ZHUNUSSOV, SENIOR STAFF, COMMITTEE OF MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE OF KAZAKHSTAN:
- First of all, we need to adjust our actions as part of the common agreement. This legal framework will allow acting effectively and jointly against poachers in the Caspian Sea. The earlier we adjust our operations, the sooner we start taking joint actions against poachers, increasing the probability of restoring the population of sturgeons in the Caspian Sea in the near future.
The population of sturgeons in the Caspian Sea dropped 10 times over the last 10 years. This year, Kazakh fish breeders have raised and released seven million juvenile fish into the Ural River and the Caspian Sea in efforts to increase the number of the fish species. Reproduction of beluga, starry sturgeon and sturgeons was also done in Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan.
YERBOLAT KADIMOV, BRANCH DIRECTOR FOR ATYRAU, KAZAKH RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF FISHERY:
- There are some 20 sturgeon factories in the Caspian region releasing juvenile fish into the sea. Molecular genetic tagging will help identify each country’s contribution to the reproduction of sturgeons and evaluate the effectiveness.
The Kazakh Presidents’ appeal at the Aktau Summit was supported by leaders of all littoral states. The leaders signed a cooperation protocol on fighting organized crime in the Caspian Sea. According to experts, the documents will give an opportunity to officers of the border control services and the fish inspector to rapidly exchange information.