Iran Caspian Seal Conservation Center is always trying to expand its activities in other Caspian countries (Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan). Most activities after Iran have focused on Russia and Kazakhstan. The coasts of these two countries are the main breeding ground for Caspian seals.
Russia was the first country that conservation activities about Caspian seal were formed in it by Iran Caspian Seal Center due to the presence of the hunting mafia and causing heavy casualties annually. In this regard, after the formation of a group of Russian-interested forces, an international campaign was launched which resulted in entering the name of Caspian seal in the Dagestan Red Book and the cessation of legal hunting in the area. It should be noted that Russia and the states in it have a book called Red Book, which is home to endangered species registrations and the name of Caspian Seal was not included in the list of this book before. Dagestan is the first state to ban legal hunting in the area (west coast and northwest of the Caspian Sea) by incorporating the name of Caspian Seal in its Red Book.
But the important news is that the second Caspian Seal Conservation Center in the Caspian region after Iran was launched in Kazakhstan, the most important seal gathering place in the Caspian Sea. Initial trainings of volunteer and counseling began in this country last year. The center which is formed by the joint efforts of the Iran Caspian Seal Conservation Center and a newly formed group of Kazakhstan’s nature lovers began operating in Aktau on August 6, 2019. Kazakhstan can now host damaged seals in its region.