New hatchery seeks to revive Siberian sturgeon in Kazakhstan

Vladislav Vorotnikov
June 20, 2018
By Vladislav Vorotnikov
LP Kuzmitch, a privately-owned company in Eastern Kazakhstan, plans to start producing sturgeon fingerlings in a bid to restore populations of this species in the region.

Siberian sturgeon was widespread in local rivers during Soviet times, but construction of numerous hydropower plants coupled with large-scale poaching led to its disappearance in the early 1990s.

Vladislav Gritsenkov, general director of LLP Kuzmitch, said his company has launched a fish farm where it plans to produce from 20 to 30 tonnes of sturgeon per year. As part of that project, the company plans to build a hatchery where it would produce stocking material for its own needs – plus some surplus to be released to the Kurchum River and the Bukhtarma River.

The company wants to restock the Bukhtarminskoye water reservoir with the Siberian sturgeon. For this purpose, LLP Kuzmitch will be releasing fingerlings in the rivers flowing into the reservoir. It is not clear, however, how much time it would take to see the first results.

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