Vahe Jilavyan: We Have Sufficient Whitefish Reserves in Lake Sevan

Vahe Jilavyan: We Have Sufficient Whitefish Reserves in Lake Sevan

Whitefish reserves in Lake Sevan are sufficient, there is no problem with the decrease in whitefish amounts, as Acting Environment Minister Vahe Jilavyan said during the press conference on "Causes of activation of blue-green algae in Lake Sevan, ways to reduce eutrophication and a comprehensive solution to the problem" held on July 29.

"Until now, all the whitefish caught from Sevan has been illegal. By the decision of the government, we have initiated the first industrial fishing of this year, we have allowed 200 tons of whitefish to be fished industrially. We have about 150 applications, they are registered right now, the contracts will be signed in the next 10 days, the quantities will be approved, there will be a strict limit for fish poaching. Whitefish reserves are very sufficient. Many experts believe that 200 tons is a very small number, it should be a larger number. At the moment, it is allowed to catch those 200 tons until October 1. Meanwhile there will be a recount, another batch may be allowed after October, the process will continue," he said.

While the ministry is announcing about the new quantities of industrial whitefish fishing, scientific studies show that whitefish reserves in Lake Sevan have reduced.

Bardukh Gabrielyan, Director of Scientific Center of Zoology and Hydroecology of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, noted that fish stocks in Lake Sevan have decreased. According to estimates, if in 2018 the industrial reserves of whitefish in the lake was estimated at about 740 tons, then in 2019 it decreased by 9.5% to 660 tons.

Bardukh Gabrielyan noted that industrial hunting should not be carried out in Sevan, as the mother staff is caught. Industrial fishing can be allowed if the industrial reserve of the fish species has reached 1000 tons.

Touching upon the cleaning works of the coastal areas of Lake Sevan, Vahe Jilavyan expressed hope that it will have been possible to clear about 500 hectares by the same period in 2021.

As for the dismantling of buildings, according to Vahe Jilavyan, the structures below 1901.5 meters in the coastal areas are calculated. "About 1724 buildings are to be dismantled, out of which 32 are state-owned or community-owned. This year it is planned to complete the dismantling of those 32, whereas in terms of the remaining 1724 buildings, notices have been sent to those which are illegal constructions. "When we finish 1901.5 m, we will pass up to the mark of 1905 m," Vahe Jilavyan said.

July 30, 2020 at 19:09