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Russia will not lift moratorium on sturgeon catches until its population restores — Putin

September 29, 2014, 20:19 UTC+3 ASTRAKHAN

Russia has been observing a moratorium on catches of Caspian sturgeon since 2005

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ASTRAKHAN, September 29. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia will not lift moratorium on catches of Caspian sturgeon until its population stabilizes, President Putin said upon completion of the summit of the five Caspian states.

"Signing an agreement on preservation of a bio-resource in the waters of the Caspian Sea is of special importance. Now, we have a legal basis for joint realization of comprehensive measures for protection of rare fish species, above all, sturgeons. Since 2005 Russia has been observing a moratorium on catches of Caspian sturgeon, and we do not intend to lift the moratorium until the sturgeon population stabilizes," Putin said.

"The Caspian Sea is a closed water area with a fragile ecology which is very vulnerable to any external pressure. Any technical accident might entail catastrophic consequences to the ecological system of the sea and affect the life of the population of all our countries. Therefore, an agreement on five-party cooperation in the elimination of emergency situations, signed on Monday, is of great importance. We agreed that in the framework of the agreement zones of responsibility of respective national rescue services would be coordinated," Putin said.

"Many years of work on an agreement on cooperation in the field of hydrometeorology have been crowned with success. The realization of the agreement will enable to create a regional system for exchange of information about the condition of the Caspian Sea, which is necessary for ensuring safe navigation and oil development," Putin said.

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