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Fishermen getting ready to set sail .In this season fishing for the White Fish is common in Iran's northen provinces .

The Kutum (Rutilus frisii kutum, family Cyprinidae) also known as "Caspian White Fish", "Caspian Roach", "mahi sefid" in Persian, "Talaji" in Mazandarani, and "sifid mahyi" in Gileki , is a medium sized fresh water and brackish water fish native to the Caspian Sea. It is a subspecies of the Black Sea Roach Rutilus frisii frisii. It is typically a medium sized fish, reaching 45-55 cm in length, rarely 70 cm, and weighing up to 4.00 kg, rarely 5.00 kg. It used to be very common and was harvested commercially. The population seems to have collapsed due to over exploitation and pollution. Its flesh and roe is enjoyed as food, and highly prized in Gilan and Mazandaran provinces in Iran.

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Additional Photos by Mohammad Reza Tavajjoh (mammad) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 19 N: 484] (3572)
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