Transneft Upper Volga has released sterlet juveniles into the Volga and Oka Rivers in Nizhny Novgorod and Vladimir Regions. In total, about 20 thou juveniles of a most valuable freshwater fish species were released.
“A set of measures to restore the sterlet population is carried out in the region. First of all, these are conservation ones, since this species is listed in the Red Book of Nizhny Novgorod Region. An important element of this work is artificial stocking, and responsible natural resource users play an important role in this issue,” said Gleb Nikitin, Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Region.
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. The satisfactory condition of the juveniles before release into the aquatic environment was confirmed by Nikolay Bondarenko, Head of the Committee for Protection, Usage and Reproduction of Fauna for Nizhny Novgorod Region.
The release of juveniles became the first stage in the implementation of Transneft Upper Volga’s environmental measures for the artificial reproduction of aquatic biological resources in 2020. In total, from July to October, it is planned to release more than 75 thou sterlet juveniles into the Volga and Oka Rivers.
Transneft Upper Volga annually conducts artificial stocking events. In 2019, the company released more than 14.3 thou sterlet and silver carp juveniles into these water bodies, as well as into Shchekinskoye Reservoir in Tula Region.
The company pays much attention to environmental safety, compliance with the requirements of environmental regulations and formation of responsible attitude to nature. The company’s environmental safety policy is taken into account in designing, constructing and operating oil pipeline transportation facilities.