Tomsk fishermen first started growing sturgeon caviar


Tomsk rybozagotoviteli the fall of 2012 for the first time began to artificial breeding (incubation) of precious species of fish from eggs to maintain its strength after a drought in the summer of 2012, told reporters on Wednesday the chairman of the Committee for Fisheries of the Tomsk region Victor Sirotin.

"In the fall of 2012 on the basis of Parabelsky fishery have been organized for the selection of eggs for reproduction (fish whitefish species). Now 10 million (units) incubated eggs, and in the spring will release the fish" — Sirotin said at a press conference in the regional media center RIA Novosti . In this collection of eggs enterprise organized within the allocated quotas for valuable species of fish — sturgeon, white salmon, peled, whitefish.

Sirotin stressed that such activities are carried out in the region for the first time and caused the death of fish in the summer of 2012 due to heat waves and shallowing of rivers.

At the end of May 2012 in Tomsk region and established hot dry weather. June 2012 was the hottest in the last 50 years. Also, due to little snow winter of 2011-2012 the water level in the rivers of Siberia was abnormally low. Earlier it was reported that in 2012, the region had been taken about 1.5 million tons of fish, which is about 200 tons less than in previous years.

According Sirotina, whitefish species of fish — sturgeon, white salmon and whitefish — "seriously undermine" because of the heat and lack of water. In particular, this affected the process of spawning. As a consequence, the reduction in the size of fish. Losses on all types of fish for a total of about 300 tons, to restore the population will require two to three years.

Sirotin said that the Tomsk region — the only region of the Ob basin, which has quotas for sturgeon. In the region of prey fish whitefish species (sturgeon, whitefish and white salmon) takes only two "historically-proven good faith" of the enterprise, "Obryba" and Parabelsky fish factory.

According to him, during the 2013 Tomsk fishermen can catch officially no more than 100 tons of peled, starlet — no more than eight tons, whitefish and white salmon — one ton. At the same time in the area annually produces about six million tons of river fish, but only 2.5 tons — legally. Most of the production — such species as bream, crucian carp, perch, pike.

In 2013, the regional authorities are planning increase fish production and to reduce the percentage of "black" and "gray" fishing due to long-term regional program for the development of fishery industry. Deputy Governor for Agro-Industrial Policy and the Environment Andrew Knorr reported that the authorities in cooperation with the heads of districts and investors are going to restore the fisheries the Alexander and Parabel (district centers in the north of the region). Support in the form of payments scheduled to anglers and the purchase of low-value fish species.

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