There has to be a serious agreement between the countries and
autonomous regions now surrounding the Caspian in regard to fair quotas that
will benefit everyone. c.
Open sea fishing should be banned to
prevent killing young, immature fish. Sturgeon caught in the rivers while
returning to spawn contain on average 14% body weight in caviar while those
caught in the sea contain about 3%. Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Russia need to formalize the initial quotas regarding
Russian Volga River caviar, which
Russia proposed to split among the three nations.
Such action would eliminate Azerbaijan's and Kazakhstan's needed to capture the sturgeon in the Caspian.
d. Industrial pollution flowing into the Caspian must be reduced to a
e. Future oil drilling both onshore and offshore must
conform to the cleanest standards. (11)
What is Caviar, CITES World,
official newsletter of the parties to the Convention on International trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, Issue No. 8, Dec.2001, pp. 8.
Amid Farsi Dictionary (in Persian),
by Hassan Amid, Amir Kabir Publications,
Encyclopedia, USA, 2000, page:
Novesti, Russian News Agency,
Sturgeons of the
Caspian Sea and the International Trade in
About the author: Bahman Aghai Diba is a Senior
Consultant for the World Resources Company in the