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Black Sea fish disappearing, says Ukrainian official

MOSCOW - Anatolia News Agency | 12/14/2010 12:00:00 AM |

There has been a worrying decrease in the stocks of large fish in the Black Sea, according to Yuri Tokarev, the deputy director of the Ukrainian South Sea Biology Institute.

There has been a worrying decrease in the stocks of large fish in the Black Sea, according to Yuri Tokarev, the deputy director of the Ukrainian South Sea Biology Institute.

Unless urgent measures are taken, big fish will disappear from the inland Sea, Tokarev told Anatolia news agency.

“Despite the decreasing population of big fish in the Black Sea, the number of small species has increased,” said the scientist, adding that a number of studies on the waters had been conducted.

The Black Sea used to be home to a variety of blue fish, starry sturgeon and gray mullet, but has now lost even the more-plentiful Black Sea mackerel, Tokarev said, adding that 90 percent of the fish stock now consists of anchovy and sprat.

According to Tokarev, the increasing number of natural gas and oil production facilities has caused the sea water to become blurred.

“Sunlight is no longer able to penetrate the depths of the sea,” he said, adding that other factors had also forced bigger fish to migrate to different waters.

Tokarev also said new hotels constructed around the shores of the sea should also build treatment facilities. “Otherwise, it would be a disaster for the future of the Black Sea.”

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