In 1991 it had more than 50 species of game fish. Now only three species - anchovy, goby and pilenhas have been left for full fledged fish catch. This was reported in the press service of the Association of Fishermen of Ukraine.
According to the State Environmental Inspectorate, over the past decade in the Azov Sea the volume of pilenhas catch decreased more than twofold, walleye - threefold. The Inspectorate officials believe, the main reason is the massive pollution of the Azov Sea through industrial and household sewage, poor maintenance of fisheries and inadequate protection of aquatic resources. Considerable damage was caused by poaching. More than a dozen species of fish have been included into the Red Book of Ukraine as an endangered species.