The Central Asian Institute for Environmental Research (CAIER) organized a meeting to discuss the issue of the mass dead Caspian seals stranding on the coast near Fort-Shevchenko in early November, 2022. The event was attended by Aselle Tasmagambetova, Founder of CAIER, Adylkhan Tovasarov, Ph.D., General Director of CAIER, Kuanysh Isbekov, Doctor of Biological Sciences, General Director of the Research and Production Center for Fisheries at the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic Kazakhstan, Mirgaliy Baimukanov, Director of the Institute of Hydrobiology and Ecology, and Assel Baimukanova, Researcher at the Institute of Hydrobiology and Ecology.
The specialists discussed the results of coastal monitoring and analyses of bio samples that should be conducted to identify the cause of animals’ death. It was decided that CAIER would study the content of heavy metals and other toxicants, the Institute of Hydrobiology and Ecology would conduct histological studies of tissues and determine the age of Caspian seals. Preliminary results are scheduled to be published next month.
Aselle Tasmagambetova showed the new building of CAIER, spoke about the equipment of research laboratories, as well as about the joint scientific work carried out by CAIER and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia).