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Scientific-research fish hatchery institute

Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan Republic 
Department for reproduction and protection of aquatic bioresources 
Azerbaijan Fisheries Research Institute

Azerbaijan Fisheries Research Institute

Contacts

Adress: Az1008, Azerbaijan, 
Baku, Damirchizade str., 16
Tel.: (99412) 496 2280; 
Tel/Fax: (99412) 496 3037; 
E-mail: azfiri@azeurotel.com;m.akhundov@azeurotel.com

Azerbaijan Fisheries Research Institute (AzerFRI) was established in 1912 and historically it was first scientific center in Azerbaijan. This Scientific-research center established and headed by N.A.Derjavin was named as Baku Ichthyological Laboratory. In November 2012 it will be the 100th anniversary of AzerSRFII. During its activity period the Institute had passed a historic and honourable development stages. The stages of historical development of AzerFRI may be divided into the following periods:

 

1. Period of founding of Baku Ichthyological Laboratory and its forming (1912-1922 years);
2. Period of intensive development of pisciculture in South Caspian and reorganization of Baku Ichthyological Laboratory (1922-1940 years);
3. Period of the World War II of activity of Baku Ichthyological Laboratory (1941-1945 years);
4. Period of Azerbaijani branch of Central Scientific-Research Sturgeon Fish Industry Institute (CSRSFII) (1954-1989 years);
5. Period of Azerbaijani branch of the Caspian Scientific-research fish industry Institute (CaspSRFII) KaspNİRX) (1989-1992 years);
6. Period of getting of independent status of Azerbaijan Fisheries Research Institute (1992-2001-ci years);
7. Modern period of  being of  AzerFRI in structure of  Department of increase and protection of  bioresources in water reservoirs since May of  2001 after establishment of Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources.

Based on researches carried out by the Institute some measures were developed and implemented towards the reproduction, protection and rational use of valuable food fish of the Caspian Sea, including: news rules of fishing in the Caspian Sea, prohibition of fishing of sturgeon species of fish in the sea, limitation of time and areas of fishing, fishing of valuable fish based on limits, prevention of pollution of water basins, stopping of fishing of herrings and other fish using fixed nets in the sea, cancellation of using of explosive items for purposes of exploration of oil and gas fields etc.

N?r? cinsli balıqDetermination of absolute number of sturgeon fish reserves inhabiting in the Caspian Sea , determination of natural annihilation indexes in various age groups were carried out for the firs time in the history of fish researches by the Institute. Original method of calculation of reserves of sturgeon fish by the example of starred sturgeon, worked out by staff of the Institute and which still did not lose its importance was republished as sample of classic researches and is used by all Caspian littoral states. At researches carried out by the Institute the working out of artificial reproduction methods of salmon, sturgeon and european carp fish was always at the focus of attention and methodic aids were published in this field. As well as conduction of experiments on commercial aquacuture, getting of fast growing hybrid forms and preparation of biotechnology of their growing at economic scales became possible due to activity of the Institute. 
AzerSRFII is specialized on researches of conditions of environment and water bioresources:

  • Regulation of fishing of sturgeon species of fish and evaluation of its reserves;
  • Fishery Ichthyology;
  • Increase of fish reserves;
  • Commercial fishery;
  • Evaluation of forage base (macrozoobenthos, plankton ) of fish (sturgeon, carps, herrings) (makrozoobentos, plankton) and its feeding;
  • Hydrochemistry of habitation of water organisms;
  • Ecotoxic testing of hydrocoles;
  • Participation in  work of Commission on Bioresources of the Caspian Sea within the framework of protection of biological diversity of sturgeon species, sprats and other commercial important objects in the Caspian basin and restoration of  their reserves.

T?dqiqat g?misiStaff of  AzerFRI consists of high qualified ichthyologists, hydrobiologists, chemists and toxicologist scientists-experts having participated in various ecological projects in Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian and having sufficient international work experience. Study of water biological resources is conducted both in field (sea, inner basins), and laboratory conditions. 
The research works are carried out also in coastal observation stations like Yalama-6 (Yalama-Khudat zone) and Narimanabad-2 (Sara peninsula) of the Institute. AzerFRI has got laboratories (hydrobiological, hydochemical, meteorological) for conduction of researches in the sea, equipped with devices and computers and “Alif Hajiyev” scientific research ship equipped with all equipment for taking sea specimens from depth of sea (till depth of 1000 m) (DGPS, echo-sounding device, sonar). “Alif Hajiyev” is the only Azerbaijani scientific–research ship having the capability for creeping of sturgeon fishes (ichthyological). 
Main volume of scientific research works of the Institute is carried out in sea or field conditions.  
Following are the main directions of scientific research works carried out in the Institute:

  • Developing of forecasts on condition of reserves of important commercial fish (sturgeon, salmon, carps and herrings) in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea and its possible fishing level;
  • Current condition of natural reproduction of sturgeon and other species of fish in the River Kura and preparation of proposals on its improvement;
  • Making calculation of  sturgeon fish, particularly its young fish during fishing of  herrings and carps fish using hanging and fixed nets and preparation of practical proposals in this regard;
  • Evaluation of conditions of forage base of fish at the River Kura, at mouth of Kura , as well at western coasts of Middle Caspian Sea, preparation of practical proposals for its improvement;
  • Estimation of trophy structure at the conditions of impact of antropogenous factors on biotope of Middle and Southern Caspian Sea, study of features of impact of new inhabitants, developing of practical proposals and measures  for improvement of biosenoze of the Caspian Sea;
  • Improvement and reworking of biotechnology of artificial reproduction of valuable commercial fish, working out of measures for increasing of effectiveness of sturgeon fish rearing plants on artificial reproduction of sturgeon fishes;
  • Developing of measures for restoration of reserves of valuable endangered species of fish (Kura salmon, barbel sturgeon).

Since 1992 Republic of Azerbaijan takes part in the activity of the Commission on bioresources of the Caspian Sea.  At Commission the General Allowable Fishing Limit (GAFL) of bioresources (including of sturgeon) is agreed among the Caspian littoral states. AzerFRI is a state structure assigned with task of evaluation and regulation of fishing of sturgeon fish. AzerFRI carries out the analysis of commercial fishing, spreading, quantity, quality structure of population of sturgeon fish and sprat fish within the interstate program of Caspian littoral states, as well as determines the GAFL. Since 1992 the results of research works carried out by AzerFRI are submitted annually to interstate Commission on water bioresources of the Caspian Sea, and while determining the volume of quota allotted to Republic of Azerbaijan on fishing of sturgeon fish these researches are taken as base and positive impact of our republic in forming of reserves of sturgeon in the Caspian Sea are taken into account. AzerFRI implements the plan of action on Regional Program of Caspian littoral states for sustainable using of marine bioresources, its protection and joint management within the framework of activity of the Commission.

  • Following are services rendered by  AzerFRI:

    • Evaluation of damage incurred to fish resources;
    • Conduction of complex monitoring of the environment in the sea;
    • Analysis of abiotic (hydrologic and hydrochemical) parameters of the environment, which specify the forming of biological productivity  of the sea;
    • Analysis of ichthyofauna, benthos macrofauna and zooplankton taxonomy;
    • Monitoring  of mnemiopsis population in the Middle and Southern Caspian  and evaluation of its impact on marine biota
    • Ecological evaluation of biota unions, analysis of ecosystem;
    • Biological testing of industrial-chemical reagents on marine organisms;
    • Patomophological and ecotoxicological evaluation of animal tissues;
    • Evalaution of possible amount of commercial return of sturgeon species of fish in Araz and Kura Rivers and effectiveness of  natural spawning;
    • Submission of  informative comments on conditions of biological objects in the Caspian Sea and on other ecological parameters;
    • Evaluation of Environment Impact (EEI).

    AzerFRI is involved in ecological  projects (Chıraq-1, AIOC, Bp, 1995-1997; Talısh-Deniz and Lenkaran-Deniz, 1998, TotalFina, ELF; İnam, 1998-1999, Bp, AETC; Kurdashi, 1998-1999, Agip, AETC; Dan ulduzu-Ashrefi, 1999, NAOC; Oguz, 1999, Exxon, AETC; Azeri-Chıraq-Gunaşli, 2000, Bp, Dames & More; Nakhchivan, 2000, Exxon, AETC; Yanan Tava – Ateshgah – Mugan Deniz, 2000, ACEP, CAOC; Kursangi, 2000, Salyan-oil, Dames & More; D-222, Yalama, 2002, LUKOİL; Gosha gardash, 2004, Bp, AETC; Alov, 2004, Bp, AETC; Zıg-Hovsan, Rosneft-ACEP, 2007; D-222, Yalama, 2007-2008, LUKOİL; ichtyofauna of Sangachal bay, monitoring1998-2008, ERT, Akvamilyo Caspian, BP)., in expert evaluation of damage of  marine bioresources during the last period of activity (1995-2006 years) on exploration and developing of oil and gas fields in the Caspian  within framework  of Azerbaijan International Operation Company (AIOC, BP). 

    It participates in strategic and regional programs of international organizations  (EU, TACIS, CEP-UNDP), FAO, Commission on water bioresources of the Caspian Sea) which cover biodiversity of the Caspian sea and matters of its protection from invasive kinds of ecosystem, including: Trans Diagnostic Analysis of the Caspian (2000-2004, CEP-UNDP), Monitoring of  mnemiopsis in the Caspian (2001-2004, CEP-UNDP), National Action Plan on Caspian (2004-2006, CEP-UNDP), Monitoring of Beroe Ovata and Mnemiopsis Leidyi in the South Caspian Sea (2005-2006, CEP-UNDP), creation of database on biodiversity of Caspian Sea(2006-2007, CEP-UNDP).
    As only Institute on aquacuture AzerFRI approves its annual and five year activity plan and the structure of Scientific Board with Ministry of Ecology and natural Resources. Annually plan of scientific –research works of AzerFRI and Final Report is accepted by Registration Center of National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan (NASA), and registered. Scientific-research works executed by AzerFRI were always accepted by international organizations on aquacuture (Commission on water bioresources of the Caspian, CITES, CEP-UNDP, AIOC and other consortiums, BP and other oil companies) without any objections on its quality, volume and essence and were always evaluated high.

The members of Scientific Council of Scientific-research Azerbaijan Fisheries Research Institute (AFRI) of Department for reproduction and protection of aquatic bioresources (DRPAB) of Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan Republic (MENR)

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Name, surname and patronymic

Position on Scientific Council

Scientific degree and scientific status

Specialization code and specialization

Place of work and position

1

Akhundov Mehman Maqsud oglu

Chairman

Doctor of biological sciences, professor

03.00.13 – human and animal physiology

MENR, DRPAB, AFRI Director

2

Zarbaliyeva Tamara Sultanovna

Vice-chairman

Candidate of biological sciences

03.00.18 – hydrobiology

MENR, DRPAB, AFRI, Deputy Director

3

Nadirov Salamat Nuraga oglu

Scientific secretary

Candidate of biological sciences

03.00.16 – ecology

MENR, DRPAB, AFRI Scientific secretary

4

Gasimov Rafig Yunis-Ali oglu

Member

Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor, Correspondent members of ANAS

03.00.13 – human and animal physiology

ANAS, Institute of Physiology, head of laboratory

5

Hajiyev Rauf Vahid oglu

Member

Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor,

03.00.08 – zoology;
03.00.13 – human and animal physiology

Baku State University, MENR, DRPAB Director

6

Bagirov Rauf Momin oglu

Member

Doctor of Biological Sciences

03.00.18 – hydrobiology

MENR, DRPAB, AFRI Senior researcher

7

Mamedov Chingiz Agamusa oglu

Member

Candidate of biological sciences

03.00.10 – Ichthyology

MENR, DRPAB, AFRI Senior researcher

8

Mammadov Elchin Vagif oglu

Member

Candidate of Biological Sciences

03.00.10 – Ichthyology

MENR, DRPAB, AFRI Senior researcher

9

Suleymanov Suleyman
Shakir oglu

Member

Candidate of biological sciences docent

03.00.08 – zoology

MENR, DRPAB, AFRI Senior researcher

10

Palatnikov Grigoriy Mikhaylovic

Member

Candidate of biological sciences

03.00.13 – human and animal physiology

ANAS, Institute of Physiology, Senior researcher

11

Huseynova Gulara Hamid gizi

Member

Candidate of Biological Sciences

03.00.10 – Ichthyology

ANAS, Institute of Physiology, Senior researcher