(MENAFN - AzerNews) By Sara Israfilbayova
In Azerbaijan and other Caspian countries, aquaculture needs to be developed and people should be attracted to a new type of activity - mariculture.
Director of the Scientific-Research Fish Hatchery Institute of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan Mehman Akhundov made the remarks at a press conference.
He went on to say that it can prevent the risk of depletion of biological resources in the Caspian Sea, poaching, and also improve the ecological state of the sea.
He stressed that the production of fish products and bringing it to the market is of a spontaneous nature in Azerbaijan, adding that the ministry has already begun activities in this area.
'Currently, a state program is being prepared for the development of this area, according to Akhundov.
Akhundov stressed that the sustainable development of the aquaculture and mariculture areas could lead to the creation of new jobs and alternative sources of income in the rural areas of Azerbaijan, to have a positive impact on the social situation of the population, health, and food safety issues.
Earlier, it was reported that employees of the regional department of ecology and natural resources of the Ministry detained three citizens of Saudi Arabia in the territory of Uzunbala village of Neftchala region, trying to engage in illegal hunting.
Three hunting rifles and 50 cartridges were seized. Each of the guilty under an administrative order was fined in the amount of 2,000 manats ($1,170).
Moreover, the Ministry reported that a review was conducted on the information received about the creation of conditions for poachers in the Caspian Sea from Nabran to Baku.
During the eight months of 2018, the department's staff identified 18 unauthorized fish facts in the area.
One legal entity and 65 individuals were granted permits to engage in industrial fishing with a 'fishing ticket from the Nabran part to Baku.
Sara Israfilbayova is AzerNews' staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Sara_999Is
Follow us on Twitter @AzerNewsAz