Baku, Azerbaijan, June 1
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: The 35th meeting of the Caspian Sea Aquatic Bio-resources Commission was held in Russia on May 31, stressing the ban on commercial fishing of Sturgeon.
During the meeting, a number of protocols were signed by representatives of the five Caspian Sea littoral states to expand fish farming and restore Sturgeon species, Iran's IRNA news agency reported June 1.
Moreover, Iran announced its readiness to cooperate with Russia in genetically monitoring of Sturgeon fish reserves, holding scientific session of the member states in Russia in the current year, and holding an expert meeting in Iran with the participation of FAO representatives to find ways to deal with the invasive effects of mnemiopsis.
According to the protocols, the commercial fishing of Sturgeon will be banned in 2015 and 2016, and no country would have any quotas for exporting, and that the fish would only be caught for research purposes.
The Commission on Aquatic Bio-resources of the Caspian Sea is an interdepartmental body established in 1992.
Examination of fishing regulations, distribution of scientifically-based quotas among the states, republics, and regions, and discussion of recommendations on improvement of the environmental conditions of the sea basin, on reproduction, and on conservation of bio-resources are among its terms of reference.
The Caspian Sea is one of the largest inland brackish water bodies of Earth. Five sovereign Caspian states are located on its shores: Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation and Turkmenistan.
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