Transneft North conducted works on artificial reproduction of aquatic bioresources as part of implementation of environmental policy. The Company’s specialists together with ichthyologists and representatives of supervisory departments released 69 thousand red book sterlet young fishes with the weight of more than 6 grammes each into the rivers Sukhona and Vaga near village Cherepanikha of Vologda Region.
The sterlet young fishes was bred by a fish-breeding company under the order of Transneft North. In August specialists admitted the young fishes to be fit for release into the reservoir.
“It is not the first time when the enterprise helps to stock Vologda rivers with fish. In particular, during the last years large number of nelma young fishes was released into the river Kubena and there are already some results. According to controlling fishing, nelma got accustomed and put on noticeable weight,” - said Mikhail Borisov, leading specialist of Vologda Department of State Research Institute of Lake and River Fisheries Named after L. S. Berg. According to the specialist, maturation period of the released underyearlings up to marketable condition with the weight of 1 kilogramme can be equal to five-six years. Today the Sukhona sterlet is listed with the Red Book of Vologda Region and its fishing is prohibited.
Transneft North annually conducts release of valuable species of fish into water areas. High environmental safety standards and compliance with the requirements of environmental laws are the essential conditions of the company’s activities, and reproduction of fish resources in rivers in the production activities area is part of Transneft’s environmental programme.
Transneft North is certified according to the environmental management system and it pays much attention to environmental protection. Sterlet is the only representative of sturgeons living in waters of Vologda Region. Sukhona is one of the rivers, where the species is preserved in its natural state. I am sure that following the results of this activity we will obtain positive results in the nearest future - survival rate of such young fishes is much higher than survival rate of larvas,” - said Aleksandr Bondarev, Head of Environmental Safety and Rational Nature Management Division of Transneft North.
Children of employees of Pogorelovo oil pump station participated in the ceremonial release of sterlet underyearlings.
Transneft North, a subsidiary of Transneft, operates more than 1.5 thousand kilometres of Usa -Ukhta and Ukhta - Yaroslavl oil trunk pipelines located in north-western part of the European North. The oil pipeline crosses 26 large rivers, including navigable ones: Pechora, Severnaya Dvina, Sukhona and Volga.