Iran may extend ban on Caspian sturgeon fishing
TEHRAN, Iran, Nov. 17
Director General of the Office for Reconstruction and Protection of Genetic Aquatic Resources of Iran Nasser Karami Rad announced the very high probability of extending the ban on sturgeon fishing in the Caspian Sea by the next month, Trend reports via ILNA.
Referring to the situation of sturgeon stocks in the Caspian Sea, Rad said that until next month, the next meeting of the Commission for Protect and Exploitation of Caspian Sea Living Species will be held to make new decisions.
"The last two bans took 10 years, and our forecast is that another 5-year ban will be approved in the next meeting," he said.
"Considering the outbreak of COVID-19, the caviar production in the country will be calculated and announced in December with a slight delay," he said. "However, due to the decrease in demand for caviar, we are supposed to see a reduction in the harvest and extraction of caviar compared to the forecast goals."
Rad noted that escalation of sanctions along with the outbreak of COVID-19 has caused serious problems for the sturgeon export market."
"Last year, more than 2,530 tons of caviar meat was produced, while the export destinations included Europe, America and Asia," he added.
He estimated the value of exported caviar in 2019 at more than $2 million.
Karami Rad said that although China is ranked first in sturgeon caviar production, but Iran has the first rank in the production of the most valuable and high-quality caviar in the world.