Caspian states may ban sturgeon fishing

Kazakh Minister for Environment Nurlan Kapparov said that Caspian states are considering a ban on sturgeon fishing in the Caspian Sea, News-Kazakhstan reports.

Kazakhstan has already banned sturgeon fishing in the Kazakh sector of the sea. Law enforcing agencies of the five Caspian states are carrying out the Бекiре (Sturgeon) operation to protect sturgeons and prevent illegal fishing.

The Ural is the only river with natural sturgeon breeding. State enterprises grow 158 million sturgeons in special breeding facilities and let them out into the Caspian Sea.

Russia banned sturgeon fishing several years ago. Azerbaijan and Iran are ready to join the initiative. Turkmenistan has not decided whether to enforce the ban or not.