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News: December 2010

KYRGYZSTAN INTENDS TO CONSERVE BIODIVERSITY OF ISSYK-KUL LAKE THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF FISHERIES

Source: CARNet, 10.12.2010

8 December 2010 a workshop “Development of Pond Farms for Conservation of Endemic Fish Species of Issyk-Kul Lake” was held in Cholpon-Ata, Issyk-Kul oblast, UNDP reported.

The workshop organized by the UNP/GEF “Strengthening Policy and Regulatory Framework for Integration of Biodiversity Conservation into Fish Sector” in partnership with the State Agency for Environment Protection and Forestry aims to discuss the problems and legal aspects of fishery management.

The workshop was attended by representatives of state bodies, local authorities, private sector, as well as international organizations working with biodiversity conservation issues.

During the workshop the goals and tasks of the UNDP/GEF project and Hungarian experience in fishery development were presented. The meeting also considered possibilities of receiving small grants of the Global Environment Facility for development of fishery sector.

Additional information: To reduce pressure on fish in Issyk-Kul Lake the fishery activity should be started in small ponds and lakes nearby the lake. These ponds occupy 785 ha area and have a total productive capacity between 190 and 600 tons per year, which make up about 40-125% of annual catch during the period from 1965 to 2003.

The main goal of UND/GEF fish project is to introduce a biodiversity-friendly fishery management scheme, which will consist of a set of national legal and regulatory acts developed and strengthened through stabilization of endemic fish species as part of sustainable, viable and improved commercial fishery management. Stabilization will be achieved through limiting the existing fishery, controlling population of introduced species, as well as rehabilitation of population of natural species.