CASPIAN Sea countries Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Russia and Iran have launched a coordinated programme for surveying and managing sturgeon stocks, paving the way for resuming the US$100 million caviar industry, the United Nations Environment Programme has announced. The trade had been halted by UN conservation agency CITES.

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