Police seized from a resident of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Khabarovsk Krai almost 30 kilograms of caviar sturgeon species, the catch of which is prohibited by Russian law, the price of the black market value of the seized goods is about half a million rubles, said on Thursday GUMVD Russian Far Eastern Federal District.
Because of the threat of extinction of Amur sturgeon and sturgeon ban on commercial fishing of these species. The catch is only for research purposes and for artificial reproduction. One reason for the poor state of the population is poaching. In 2001, unauthorized catch reached 280 tons, and its scope was reduced to the present.
"Employees GUMVD by DFO with the Russian Federal Security Service in the Khabarovsk region detained a resident of Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the party of black caviar, packed in clear plastic containers. Total weight of the seized products was 28.46 pounds. If this can spawn party could earn about half a million rubles, "- according to the information.
It is noted that, according to the detainee, the summer of 2012 he was personally involved in the harvesting of eggs Ulchi region of Khabarovsk Krai. Since then he has kept a delicacy at home.
"Seizures of caviar a criminal case under article" illegal harvesting of aquatic biological resources "," — said in a statement.
Punishment under Article provides for up to two years of corrective labor, or arrest for a term up to six months.