Moratorium on sturgeon fishing may be imposed for 5-10 years
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 17 / Trend I. Isabalayeva /
A meeting of the representatives of the relevant bodies of the five Caspian countries - Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Iran and Russia, dedicated to the moratorium on commercial sturgeon fishing in Caspian Sea, is expected to be held in Baku in late November, the chief adviser on Caspian biodiversity at Azerbaijan's Ecology Ministry Tariel Mammadli told Trend.
He said that the quotas for the Caspian countries for 2011 in connection with the moratorium on commercial sturgeon fishing are not expected to be allocated.
"The term of the moratorium has not been defined," he said. "But the ban will be imposed for at least five and maximum of 10 years."
He said that Azerbaijan voluntarily carried out fishing in the Caspian Sea only to conduct research and increase the number of fish in 2010. Industrial fishing was not carried out.
He said that the two-year chairmanship in the Commission on Caspian biodiversity will move from Iran to Azerbaijan at the November meeting.
Russia had chairmanship in 2003-2004, Kazakhstan - in 2005-2006, Turkmenistan - in 2007 - 2008, Iran - in 2009 - 2010.