Shelf projects of Gazprom Neft Maintain Biodiversity in the Northwestern Federal District of Russia

Gazprom Neft Shelf, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, implementing the first project in Russia for oil production on the Arctic shelf, has launched a new stage of a large-scale program to support biodiversity. In addition to the work within the company’s responsibility area in the Barents Sea, the reproduction of the aquatic bioresources initiative continues in the Republic of Karelia. For these reasons, 25 thousand specimens of two-year salmon released in the river Keret, flowing into the White Sea. The event coincides with the World Environment Protection Day and the Ecologist’s Day in Russia.

Salmon is one of the most valuable fish species, has great commercial importance and is under special protection. Stocking the river Keret of salmon aimed to preserve and restore its population in the Karelian part of the White Sea.

Growing and releasing of salmon is a long and time-consuming process, controlled by the company at all stages. The fry is under the fish-breeding for at least two years, and the whitebait transported in the specially equipped transport, in containers with good aeration.

The company has already accumulated positive experience of the White Sea area’s rivers ecosystem recovery: in 2012, more than 120 thousand two-year salmon and in 2014 more than 30 thousand fry released. The fish resources reproduction program, implemented by Gazprom Neft, received a positive assessment of the environmental community.

“We are fully aware of our responsibility to maintain the ecological balance, while the complex oil production project implementation. We are working in several directions. We use modern technological solutions to minimize human impact on nature, keep track on the environmental data and implement the biodiversity preservation program in the company’s area of responsibility as well as in other regions of Russia,” said Andrey Patrushev, Deputy General Director of Offshore Projects Development, Gazprom Neft.

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