On 19th of February 2019, on the occasion of the World Day for Marine Mammals Protection, Moscow hosted a joint meeting of the Kazakh and Russian parties. The meeting was aimed at discussion of the Programme and certain issues related to the organization of a joint survey of the Caspian seal.
The meeting was attended by representatives from the North Caspian Operating Company N.V., GAZPROM, A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE) of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Kazakhstan Agency of Applied Ecology (KAPE); Kazakhstan Fisheries Research and Production Center; Institute of Microbiology and Virology of the Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan.
Following the meeting, steps were outlined to coordinate a Survey Programme in Kazakhstan and Russian sectors of the Caspian Sea, and to designate participants to scheduled work.