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Iran's International Sturgeon Research Institute chosen as NACA center

TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (Mehr News Agency) - Iran's International Sturgeon Research Institute has been chosen as the international center for the development of aquaculture and sturgeon in Asia-Pacific region, the Persian service of ISNA reported here on Wednesday.

In a session of NACA (Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific), Iran managed to gain the official certificate of the network for the Dr. Dadman International Sturgeon Research Institute. The institute is located in Iran's northern port city of Bandar Anzali.

The NACA meeting was held in Bangkok, Thailand, in Aug. 6, 2006. A number of experts and representatives from Asia-Pacific fisheries organizations attended the international event.

The U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has imposed a ban on fishing sturgeon species based on the fear that the beluga is facing extinction.

Iran is the only nation bordering the Caspian Sea with U.N. permission to export the unfertilized sturgeon eggs that are one of the world's most expensive foods.

Gamasyab River's rare fish species on verge of extinction

TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (Mehr News Agency) - Two rare species of fish formerly abundant in Iran's Gamasyab River, flowing from the northern part of the Zagros Mountains, west of Iran, are on the verge of extinction now.

Rapid development and industrialization in particular, pollution, overfishing, dam building, aquaculture, breeding and introduction of non-indigenous species of fish has lead to disappearance of two major species of fish unique to Gamasyab River, Shirbot and Soleymani fish, the Persian service of IRNA said on Wednesday.

Like other large rivers running through Zagros Mountain range in South and Southwest Iran, Gamasyab River is the habitat of many endangered species of large tropical and semi-tropical region fresh water fishes. They include Barbus tetrazona and Barbus oligolepis, two different species within the genus Barbus some of which weigh up to 150 kilograms. The fish were formerly seen in abundance in the river.

As the longest river system in the nation, Gamasyab River is the origin of river Seymareh. It flows from the mountains around Hamedan region, joins another river and is called Seymareh in Lorestan. Its name is then changed into Karkheh in Khuzestan before emptying into the Persian Gulf.

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