FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper No. 565
Feasibility of restocking and culture-based fisheries
in Central Asia
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Thorpe, A.; Whitmarsh, D.; Drakeford, B.; Reid, C.; Karimov, B.; Timirkhanov, S.; Satybekov, K.; & Van Anrooy, R. 2011.
Culture-based fisheries have been successfully developed across the world in order to increase productivity of capture fisheries. Unfortunately, political upheaval, the disruption of historic fish supply chains and limited state budgets combined halted many of the stocking and culture-based fisheries programmes in the Central Asian region during the 1990s. This publication provides an overview of regional waterbodies and historic and contemporary culture-based fisheries and stocking experiences using case studies from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan – with a view to suggesting potential ways in which national governments and the Central Asian and Caucasus Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Commission might support the rehabilitation of culture based (and, by extension, capture) fisheries in the region. The conclusions and recommendations made in this document have been presented to and were formally adopted by the Fourth Intergovernmental Meeting on the Establishment of the Central Asian and Caucasus Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Commission (Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan, 22–24 June 2011).
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