Tehran, March 14, IRNA - Iranian microbiologist Sirius Sedaqat said on Saturday that worsening pollution in the Caspian Sea threatens lives of sea creatures.
In an exclusive interview with IRNA, he said despite various warnings by experts there is no immediate action to this end.
Continuation of such hazardous situation would lead to extinction of fish as well Caviar in that region, he said.
Caspian Sea with a total area of 385,000 square kilometers is the biggest lake in the world which is shared by Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan with its and its deepest point being locates in Iranian territorial waters, Sedaqat pointed out.
Share of Iran in export of Caviar has been reduced from 500 tons per year to 44 tons which is very concerning, he said.
The figure stood at seven tons this year which is very meager, he said.
Caspian Sea (Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC)
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Continued pollution along with excessive fishing
in the Caspian Sea will lead to extinction of sea creatures, sturgeon fish in
particular, he said.
Iran's Fisheries Organization, drops some 25 millions of sturgeon finger fish to the Caspian Sea which is very costly but only 1.3 percent of them will survived, he said.
Germany's university of Tübingen and Iran's Fisheries Organization had launched a joint feasibility study to clean the Caspian Sea from the pollution, he said.
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