Crawfish Reserves in Lake Sevan Reduced: Prime Minister Gave Instructions

Crawfish Reserves in Lake Sevan Reduced: Prime Minister Gave Instructions

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Armenian PM Karen Karapetyan stated at the meeting of the Cabinet that the reserves of crawfish have reduced in the water basin in Armenia, particularly in Lake Sevan.
'The current situation is mainly conditioned with the mal-regulation of crawfish hunting, nominal permits of hunting, their provision procedure and insufficient supervision, as well as the application of imported and irrelevant nets...This sector, which is currently considered as perspective, is in a crisis situation. Urgent measures should be taken...' he said.
The PM assigned RA Nature Protection Minister to exclude any cases of prolongation or reformulation of formerly issued hunting permit terms. Besides, within two-months the Ministry will develop and submit to the staff of the government proposals on reviewing the procedure of issuing crawfish hunting permit.

Reminder: early this year Bardukh Gabrielyan, Director of Scientific Center for Zoology and Hydroecology of NAS RA, said at''Applied Sides of Biodiversity Preservation in Armenia'' held at NAS RA that the decrease in the population of the crayfish Pontastacus leptodactylus Esch has been recently observed in Lake Sevan, which is the consequence of using new fishing tools and overfishing. According to him, because of the use of listed fishing tools the fishing capacity of the crayfish has increased by 3-4 times in Lake Sevan by 2014. The industrial reserves of the crayfish in Lake Sevan make up 4500 tons: currently the industrial extent of the crayfish Pontastacus leptodactylus Esch hasn't been set by law. The Scientific Center for Zoology and Hydroecology of NAS RA is proposing to set the industrial extent is 9 cm. It's also proposed to implement crayfish hunting in Lake Sevan with selected fishing means banning the use of Chinese crayfish trappers, imposing fishing ban in its spawning period – July-August.

13:28 September 08, 2017


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