Transneft Far East has released over 76,000 Amur sturgeon juveniles into the Amur River streambed at the gate of the Naihinskaya anabranch in Nanaisky District of Khabarovsk Territory.
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 and the environmental policy of Transneft Far East. The stocking was monitored by specialists of the Amur branch of the Glavrybvod budgetary institution, who confirmed the juveniles’ satisfactory condition.
By releasing sturgeon juveniles into the Amur River, the company completed the implementation of the current year's programme. Earlier, in May, specialists of Transneft Far East released more than 87,000 chum salmon juveniles into the Barabashevka River of Khasansky District (Primorye Territory), as well as into the Anyuy River in Nanaisky District of Khabarovsk Territory.
In total, Transneft Far East has allocated over RUB 11 million for restoration of water biological resources this year.
The Amur sturgeon or Japanese sturgeon is a relict fish that lives exclusively in the Amur River basin. These fish reach maturity only at the age of 13-15, and therefore their population is very vulnerable. Restoration of this population has been carried out in
Khabarovsk Territory within the framework of the corresponding federal targeted programme since 2010.
The chum salmon (Pacific salmon) is born in fresh water, goes downstream to the ocean, where it lives for several years, and then returns to its birthplace to spawn, after which it dies.
In total, Transneft Far East has released over 7.5 million Pacific salmon and more than 200 thousand Amur sturgeons within the framework of the programme for biological diversity preservation since 2012.