Baku, Azerbaijan Hotel near the Caspian Sea -Treat yourself to clean, comfortable lodging at the Days Hotel Baku. Our Baku, Azerbaijan hotel invites you to enjoy contemporary accommodations, friendly service, and ample amenities. We're also conveniently located near a wealth of popular destinations, not the least of which is the Caspian Sea.
Caspian Sea Oil -There are 1.2 billion barrels of oil reserves in Azerbaijan along with potential extensive reserves in undeveloped offshore Caspian fields. Production fell in 1991 after Azerbaijan declared independence, dropping to about 180,000 barrels per day six years later. A decade hence, production rose to a staggering 800.000 barrels per day. Today, more than 80% of Azerbaijan's oil production is derived from offshore.
A huge percentage of it comes from the shallow-water section of the Gunashli field, which is about 60 miles off the Azeri coast. New fields are being developed in the Caspian Sea, which will most likely increase oil production. There's talk that oil exports could go beyond 1.5 million barrels per day in 2010 and 2 million barrels per day by 2030. For more information, visit www.caspianenvironment.org/caspian.htm
Caspian Sea Islands -The largest of the many Caspian Sea islands is Oguria Ada, which is 47 km long and is populated by gazelles. In the North Caspian, most of the islands are tiny and uninhabited, such as the Tyuleniy Archipelago, an Important Bird Area. Many of the islands close to the Azerbaijan coast boast enormous oil reserves, including Bulla Island. Another is Pirallahi Island, whose claim to fame is that it was one of the first places in Azerbaijan where oil was discovered.
What's more, it was the first place in the Caspian Sea to have sectional drilling done. A former Soviet base, Nargin is the biggest island in Baku Bay. Several of the islands around Azerbaijan, most notably Vulf, have been ruined environmentally because of the oil production. For more information, visit www.caspianenvironment.org/caspian.htm
Caspian Sea Marine Life -Sturgeon can be found in large numbers in the Caspian Sea. Its eggs are made into caviar although there is concern that overfishing may be threatening the sturgeon population. The Caspian Seal, which is native to the Caspian Sea, is one of just a handful of seal species that are able to survive in inland waters. Birds make their appearance here as well.
In fact, the region has been responsible for naming several species, such as the Caspian Gull and Caspian Tern. There are several species and subspecies of fish native to the Caspian Sea, including the Kutum (aka Caspian White Fish), Caspian Roach, and Caspian Bream. Plus, there's a Caspian "Salmon," which is a subspecies of trout. However, it is in danger of becoming extinct. For more information, visit www.caspianenvironment.org/caspian.htm