Fishing for a living on Armenian-Turkey border “good”

The Akhurian reservoir on Armenia-Turkish border is a large artificial lake, which is used for irrigation purposes by both countries according to bi-lateral agreements.

The ‘lake’ also attracts a lot of fishermen from the Shirak region and Gyumri, who don’t know about agreements and don’t care about borders. They say they make a living by selling the fish they catch and the fish is good…

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5 thoughts on “Fishing for a living on Armenian-Turkey border “good”

  1. Liked these guys’ mood:) Especially the first one, would drink some ice-cold vodka or beer with them and would prepare fish myself :)

    So they sell fish for 200 drams per kilo, it becomes triple expensive when it reaches Yerevan. Hmmm…

  2. I’m wondering why people are kept behind barbed wire in their own country. The border runs in the center of the reservoir. open the shores for people to enjoy what rightfully is theirs.

    The Cold War is long over.

  3. this man-made reservoir was created by turks & ruskies in 1963

    “A mixed Soviet-turkish commission signed the agreement to construct the lake on April 25, 1963. The agreement regulated the flow of four rivers into the lake: the Akhurian, Kars, Karakhan, and chorli”

    a tid bit of interesting info I found on the reservoir
    http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/may2009/2009-05-11-01.html

    go pollute lake van, leave our borders and rivers alone
    leave it to our enemies to steal everything from us
    and then pollute/destroy it until its finished
    dont preserve, dont convserve
    thats the turkoghlu moghlu way
    rape, pillage and destroy….che?

    I swear, I wont ever eat fish from that reservoir now

    also, 200 amd = 1/2 a dollar usd
    and as it triples in price when it reaches Yerevan
    you can blame the mafiya for that
    but 600dr./kilo ($1.50) is still much lower than usa prices
    in usa, you pay $3-5/pound for fish, even upwards for $10-15 for specialty fishes that cant be easily found and/or imported without heavy duties applied by customs

  4. It has always interested me to know the status of the Akhourian lake and river, and how there can be a bilateral agreement between these two countries which don’t have regular, normalised relations.

    I asked about the air traffic between the countries once, and the response I got was that it was regulated by an agreement between the private airlines that operate out of Istanbul and Yerevan with the civil aviation officials in each country respectively. I can’t see how that model would work when it comes to an international border, however.

    Is it a vestige of a Soviet-Turkish agreement? We don’t seem to like those agreements very much, such as the ones signed in Kars or Brest-Litovsk.

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