Iran increases sprat yield in Caspian Sea

Business Materials 13 March 2019 14:49 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 13

By Elnur Baghishov – Trend:

Yield of sprat fish in the Caspian Sea has increased by 13 percent during the 10 months of the current Iranian year (started March 21, 2018), compared to the same period last year, Mokhtar Akhondi, the Director General for Fishing Affairs of Iran Fisheries Organization (Shilat), said in a statement to the website of the Iranian Ministry of Agriculture Jihad, Trend reports.

According to Akhondi, over 21,000 tons of sprat were fished over this period, while 18,600 tons of sprat were fished during the same period last year.

"Sprat was fished in 30 ships in Gilan Province and 44 in Mazandaran Province," he said.

According to Akhondi, sprat fished in Mazandaran Province was 15,800 tons, and, when compared with the same period last year, sprat fishing has increased in the province by 22 percent.

Akhondi said that 5,130 tons of sprat were fished in Gilan during the said period – a figure which shows a 9-percent decrease when compared to the same period last year.

Noting that there are no programs in place for developing fishing in the Caspian Sea, Akhondi said that the objectives of the Fisheries Organization in the Caspian Sea are to maintain existing employment and resources.

Akhondi added that fishing was halted in early April and autumn.