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Caspian littoral countries agree commercial sturgeon fishing moratorium

December 24 2013, 10:28

The 34th meeting of the Commission on Aquatic Bio resources of the Caspian Sea began on Dec.23 in Astrakhan, Russia. The meeting is being attended by delegates from the Caspian countries' fisheries departments, reports citing the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan.

According to the statement, the meeting of the commission which will last until December 25 is being attended by an Azerbaijani delegation headed by the Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Rauf Hajiyev.

The Caspian countries will provide information on the status of biological resources, as well as protection of fish stocks, the ministry said.

One of the important issues to be discussed is to reach an agreement on the application of the moratorium on commercial sturgeon fishing in the Caspian Sea, as well as an agreement on changing the status of the Commission on Aquatic Bio resources of the Caspian Sea from interagency to intergovernmental.

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