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Oil slicks have regularly resulted in the deaths of seals in recent years (ITAR-TASS)
August 12, 2006 -- The first legally-binding agreement on the protection of the Caspian Sea environment comes into force today.
The convention seeks to reverse the Caspian's environmental crisis by reducing industrial pollution, protecting indigenous wildlife such as sturgeon, and committing its signatories to cooperating in emergencies.
All five countries bordering the Caspian -- Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan -- have signed up to the convention, the first time they have all signed a treaty relating to the Caspian Sea.