Volumes of industrial whitefish in Armenia’s Sevan can be increased by tightening grip on illegal fishing
YEREVAN, June 16. /ARKA/. Volumes of industrial whitefishes in Lake Sevan can be built up 2 or 2.5 times over three or four years by tightening grip on illegal fishing, Bardukh Gabrielyan, director of the Scientific Center for Zoology and Hydroecology of the Natianl Academy of Sciences, told journalists on Thursday.
In his words, the quantity of baby fishes in the lake allows building up the volume, but they are being fished out by poachers despite all bans.
“Baby fishes are sold everywhere, and this is unacceptable,” Gabrielyan said.
He said fishery in autumn, the season of breeding, and in spring, when fry gather becoming an easy target for fishers, is prohibited by the law.
There is 1,800 tons of whitefish in Sevan, he said, but baby fishes make up 70 to 80 percent of the total volume, while industrial fishes constitute only 450 tons.
Speaking about trout, Gabrielyan said that despite of the widespread artificial breeding, the problem of breeding in natural environment is still on the agenda.
He also spoke about pollution of the rivers from which water comes to the lake.
According to the official statistical reports, the volume of whitefishes in Sevan grew from 430 tons in 2015 to 450 tons in 2016, while trout volume remained unchanged – 1 to 1.5 tons. --0---