The necessity of ban on caviar sale and sturgeon fishing will be considered on 15 January during meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Ecology and Natural Resources ministry told Trend.
The representatives of the 5 Caspian countries are due to present their proposals to CITES. Only after submission of proposals UN will determine volume of sturgeon fishing in 2006. It is not excluded that the organization can ban caviar sale and sturgeon fishing, the Ministry said.
The total quota on sturgeon fishing by the Caspian countries for 2006 was reduced by 23.2%. The sides achieved an agreement on quota reduction for 2006 as following: Azerbaijan - 8%, Russia - 30.5%, Iran - 16%, Kazakhstan - 12%, Iran - 16%.
The quota on caviar export for 2006 was also changed. Russia reduced export from 21 tons to 3.9 tons, Iran - from 60 tons to 51 tons, Kazakhstan - from 15.9 tons to 13.2 tons, Azerbaijan - from 6.7 to 6.5 tons.