SOME REMARKS ON THE CATCHES OF ANCHOVY, ENGRAULIS ENCRASICOLUS (LINNAEUS, 1758), IN GEORGIAN WATERS BY TURKISH FLEET BETWEEN 2003 AND 2009

Some remarks on the catches of anchovy, Engraulis encrasicolus (Linnaeus, 1758), in Georgian waters by Turkish fleet between 2003 and 2009

Bayram Öztürk, Çetin Keskin, Semih Engin

Istanbul University, Fisheries Faculty, Ordu St. No: 200, 34470, Laleli-Istanbul, TURKEY
Rize Üniversity, Fisheries Faculty, 53100, Rize, TURKEY

Abstract

The Turkish anchovy catch in the Georgian waters between 2003 and 2009 was estimated as 60,968 tons. Total quota for pelagic fish was declared as 60,000 tons by the Georgian authorities in 2007. Although the anchovy fishing in the Georgian Black Sea by the Turkish fleet started in 1996, there is no information on anchovy fisheries which were made according to the bilateral agreement between Turkish and Georgian companies. In the Black Sea, there are several shared stocks occurring within the exclusive economic zones of the two or more coastal states. These resources need to be sustainable, managed by riparian countries with regional cooperation. An urgent anchovy stock assessment study is needed in order to manage Georgian fisheries in a sustainable manner. It is recommended that fishing in the Abkhazia region also needs to be managed in order to respect sovereignty of the coastal states and international law.

Key words: Anchovy, catch, Georgia, Black Sea