Rutilus frisii kutum

Black sea roach

Phylum Chordates (Chordata)
Class Fish (Pisces)
Order Cyprinid fishes (Cypriniformes)
Family Carps (Cyprinidae)
Genus Roaches (Rutilus)
Species Authority Kamensky, 1901
Summary Status: rare (Category III), a semi-migratory subspecies, it primarily inhabits the southwestern and middle portion of the Caspian Sea. It is very rare in the northern Caspian. Occasionally, individuals may enter the Volga and Ural Rivers. The average adult Black Sea roach is 36 to 41 cm, but it can reach up to 65 cm and weigh up to 26 kg. The roach population is small within Kazakstani territory. In recent years no Black Sea roaches have been caught in Kazakstan. The reasons for the population decline include commercial over-fishing and changes in the basic hydrology of the sea itself. No protective measures have been undertaken. It is urgent that all taking of Black Sea roaches within the territorial waters of Kazakstan be prohibited.

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