BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 24
By Elnur Baghishov – Trend:
Iran caught 12,500 tons of Caspian sprat during the first nine months of the current Iranian year (March 20 through December 20, 2020), said Mokhtar Akhondi the Director-General for Fishing Affairs of Iran Fisheries Organization, Trend reports referring to the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad.
According to him, 7,930 tons of Caspian sprat were caught in Iran's Mazandaran Province and 4,600 tons in Gilan Province over the reporting period.
The director-general noted that 63 percent of the Caspian sprat caught in Mazandaran Province and 37 percent in Gilan Province. In addition, an average of 170 tons of Caspian sprat was caught with each ship.
Akhondi stressed that Caspian sprat fishing is prohibited in the Caspian Sea due to the breeding season from early April to mid-May each year.
"In Iran, 90 percent of Caspian sprat caught in the Caspian Sea is pulverized and used in fish farming, livestock, and poultry, and 10 percent is sold on the market for consumption," he said.