Azerbaijan, Baku, July 12 / Trend M.Aliyev /
The reduction of fishing quota for Azerbaijan in the Caspian Sea was the country's initiative, Adviser to the Azerbaijani Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry's department for increase and protection of biodiversity in the river basins Tariyel Mammadli told Trend.
The meeting of the Board of Bio-resources of the Caspian Sea, which took place in Tehran, reduced Azerbaijan's quota for fishing in the Caspian by seven percent to 6.7 percent compared to 2008 (in 2009 the issue was not raised).
"Azerbaijan has announced on the implementation of the ban on fishing two of the four species of sturgeon in the country's river basins. This decision was taken by the Azerbaijani side to unilaterally reduce the quota of its own," Mammadov said.
Mammadli said Azerbaijan made a statement on the use of biological resources only for fish farming and research, and invited all the littoral countries to join this initiative at the Tehran meeting.
The Board's next meeting to determine fishing quotas will be held in early December in Iran upon the department's initiative.
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