Estimates of the freshwater catch from inland fisheries in the USSR range from 500,000 to 850,000 MT annually (551,000 to 937,000 ST). The Caspian Sea area accounts for about 30,000 MT (430,000 ST) of the higher estimate. The catch is increasing each year. Most of the catch is from natural waters. However, to maintain and increase the catch has meant limiting catches by species and sizes, creation of fish ladders around dams, creation of spawning areas and artificial hatching, and release of young fry and mature fish.
KeywordsGrass Carp Chum Salmon Silver Carp Great Sturgeon Fish Ladder
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