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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Ya' Just Got ta' Follow 'da Rules - Part One

The last year Russia was officially able to export caviar was 2006. Prior to this harvesting Sturgeon from the Caspian Sea was banned in 2003 for scientific reasons. Of recent Russia is increasing controls specifically on poaching, which has illegally harvested as much as 100 tons of caviar annually, to secure the renewal of the sturgeon population.

These days Russia legally exports 9 tons of caviar per year down from 162 tons in 1999!
The size of export quotas for black caviar was set by the Commission on the Biological Resources of the Caspian Sea and made up 24.2 tons for Russia, 13.3 tons for Kazakhstan, 5 tons for Turkmenistan, 42.2 tons for Iran and 6.7 tons for Azerbaijan. The figures have been sent for consideration to the secretariat of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

It has also been reported that the Russian government also decreased caviar production after a quota on sturgeon catches was imposed in pril last year by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites).

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