Transneft Urals has released more than 220 thousand sterlet juveniles into the water bodies of the Republic of Bashkortostan – into the Belaya River and its tributaries in the vicinity of Birsk, as well as into the Pavlovsk reservoir in Karaidel District.
The juveniles were brought from a fish breeding center located in Perm Territory using special transport, the equipment of which allows maintaining the necessary conditions in containers for the life support of fish. The average weight of the juvenile is 3 grams. The type of fish used was the sterlet of Kama origin, which is a natural population of the water bodies of the district.
The procedure for releasing juveniles was supervised by specialists from the Environmental Safety and Rational Nature Management Section of Transneft Urals and representatives of the Section of State Control, Supervision and Protection of Aquatic Biological Resources in the Republic of Bashkortostan of the Middle Volga Territorial Directorate of the Federal Agency for Fishery. Experts confirmed the satisfactory condition of the juveniles before the release and compliance with all requirements for the conditions of its implementation.
The environmental compensatory measure on the artificial reproduction of aquatic biological resources was held as part of the corporate Programme for Biodiversity Conservation in the Areas near Transneft’s Facilities for 2019-2021.
Reproduction of aquatic biological resources is an important component of the environmental protection measures for Transneft Urals. Earlier, in the first half of August 2020, the company released sterlet juveniles into the water bodies of Tyumen Region (199 thousand juveniles) and into the Saratov reservoir in Samara Region (16.6 thousand juveniles).