YEREVAN , October 21. / ARKA /. Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan has set up a council to oversee efforts to restore stocks of trout in Lake Sevan. The council to be chaired by Aram Gharibyan, a presidential aide, will also work to help boost fish farming. According to Sargsyan’s press office, a decree to that end was signed today.
The Council also comprises nature protection and agriculture ministers, deputy economy and finance ministers, chairman of the Lake Sevan Commission, the governor of Gegharkunik region and a representative of the Armenian center for promotion of exports.
The Council has been tasked to sum up the results of a pilot program designed to restore population of endemic species of fish in the lake and to develop and submit to the government a draft project for restoration of trout stock and development of fisheries in Lake Sevan.
According to the latest estimates, the lake has a total of 80-90 metric tons of fish now. According to an earlier study conducted by Armenian and Russian scientists, in 1983, the stocks of fish in the lake stood at 10,700 metric tons, in 2005 they dropped to 625 tons, in 2006 to 253.6 tons, in 2009 – to 278.6 tons. -0-