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Kasakhstan. “From Kattegat to the Aral Sea” 1996 – 2008. Living Sea/Aral Tenizi

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January 20, 2018

The Aral Sea fishery project.

“If all the delegations, from all over the world, had each brought a bucketful of water, this water, together with our tears, would have filled the Aral Sea”. (heard in 1991 in Aral-region). It is correct that the situation in and around the Aral Sea has been examined and analysed from experts since 1965. Many reports have been written, and lots of conferences have been held about the problem.

Live Sea started in summer 1996 with training of fishermen from Aral in Denmark and in the autumn we carried out the first fishing on the Aral Sea in more than 20 years.

The most important “raw material” in a successful fishing project, where different nationalities and cultures must cooperate for common goals, is the friendship. Nothing over and above can match friendship. The strength of the friendship is measured in the project’s results, also many years after the project has stopped.

The fishery project “From Kattegat to Aralsøen” stopped in 2008, but the results and the wisdom live the best, as seen from this short video from 2016.

Delegation from Aral meeting the union of Danisher fisher 1995

Delegation of fisher, manager and interpreters (21 person) from Aral training in Denmark 1996


Goldsmith University. William Wheeler Doctor of Philosophy “Sea changes: environment and political economy on the North Aral Sea, Kazakhstan”. Link: http://research.gold.ac.uk/19198/1/ANT_thesis_WheelerW_2016.pdf

Satellit photo Aral Sea 1989

The Aral Sea. Chairman Dusbai, village Tastubek

Aral Sea. Fisher from Bugun 1999

Aral Sea. Ice fishing near Aksebe. Nagali chairman Akesbe 1998

Aral Sea. Meeting on ice. 1998

Aral Sea. Fisher house underground 1998

Aral Sea. Fishing on ice

“The man who saved the Aral Sea” John Dyson 2000

Aral Sea 1995 Djambul fish kolhoz.


Traditionel seine fishery on ice 1998

Kasakhstan, Aralsk region honorary citizen no. 001 Kurt Svennevig Christensen

Almaty 1991 first visit to Kazakhstan for KSC

Aral Sea. Nagali chairman Akesbe

Aral Sea, Tikanak 1995

From meeting in Aralsk akimat september 2018

Board meeting in Aral Tenizi sept. 2018