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Russians in the next ten years will not see black caviar

August 1 2007

In Russia, will take effect almost complete ban on sturgeon caviar. Such measures are due to catastrophic scale poaching, which could lead to the extermination of the Caspian sturgeon population in three years.

The ban will affect trade and confiscated caviar. From now on, and it will cease to flow into stores and should be destroyed. For the sake of sturgeon delicacies will disappear from the shelves for the next ten years.
From August 1 this year caviar production is only allowed farmers engaged in fish farming. In addition, small quantities of caviar will be produced for scientific research.

With a ban on sturgeon caviar, Russians face a shortage of long-forgotten this product, experts say. According to them, even illegally buy caviar would be problematic. The fact is that back in October last year, the government drafted a bill providing for the disposal of seized illegally extracted objects of certain types of wildlife (including sturgeon) and products made from them.

Implementing the provisions of the bill will allow for the destruction of confiscated products from the sturgeon fish in order to avoid the possibility of its legalization.
Recall that earlier, after a seizure of fish, it is through third parties, in most cases still come onto the market and be profitable for poachers. Destruction of confiscated party is nothing but expenses, "black" does not bring fishermen and possibly force to think about leaving the "business", according to officials.

At the end of 1970. sturgeon and caviar were of no small importance article Soviet exports: abroad, delivered up to 2 tons per year of this delicacy. Now the volume of caviar exports has decreased to 1,2 tons, of which legally enter the market only 10 so about 90% of black caviar is in stores illegally. The most conservative estimates, Russia's economy loses annually at least $ 500 million from the sale of illegal fish products.
As a result, the number of ruthless poaching of sturgeon of the Caspian basin, the estimated Russian environmentalists in the last 15 years was reduced to 38.5 times. RBC reports.

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