Transneft Far East, which transports oil over Phase II of the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO-2) oil trunk pipeline, has released Amur sturgeon juveniles into the Amur River in Nanai District of Khabarovsk Territory.
The event was attended by representatives of the Amur Basin Directorate for Preservation of Water Biological Resources and Fisheries Management and the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The experts confirmed the satisfactory condition of the juveniles.
Transneft Far East allocated more than RUB 6.2 million to raise over 53.5 thousand sturgeon juveniles at the Anyuyskiy Sturgeon Fish Farm. After the fish gained a suitable weight, they were released into the Amur River at the gate of the Naikhinskaya anabranch.
The environmental compensatory event on artificial reproduction of aquatic biological resources was held under the corporate programme for biological diversity preservation in the areas of Transneft facilities’ operation for 2019–2021.
This year, Transneft Far East has already released more than 2.3 million chum salmon (Pacific salmon) young fishes into the rivers of the Amur basin in Khabarovsk Territory and Jewish Autonomous Region. In 2019, the Company has allocated RUB 24.2 million to restore water biological resources.
In total, Transneft Far East has released over 7.4 million Pacific salmon and about 123 thousand of Amur sturgeons since 2012.
The Amur sturgeon or Japanese sturgeon is a relict fish that lives exclusively in the Amur River basin. These fishes reach maturity only at the age of 13-15, and therefore their population is very vulnerable. The restoration of this population has been carried out within the framework of the corresponding federal targeted programme since 2010.