Rosneft to Carry Out Ecologic Fishery Research in Laptev Sea

By Joseph R. Fonseca
Friday, August 01, 2014
Laptev Sea


For the first time in history of Arctic Rosneft will carry out integrated ecologic fishery research on three licensed sites (LS) of Laptev Sea: Anisinsko-Novosibirsky, Ust’ Lensky and Ust’ Oleneksky.

The Program of ecologic fishery research realization is the first and obligatory part of licensed sites water areas geologic research, which includes geological and ichthyological surveys. As a result of the research an integrated picture of original (background) ecological state will be received.

The field investigations with two vessels will last for 90 days. In this period of time scientists and experts of Murmansk Marine Biological Institute Kola Scientific Center of Russian Academy of Sciences and State Oceanographic Institute named after N. Zubov will study all the elements of ecosystem, from viruses and bacteria to birds and animals, inhabiting this region. For the first time in the history more than three hundred surveys will be conducted by means of bottom and pelagic trawling during the season. Besides, an analysis of nature factors – air temperature, water salinity and climatic changes will be carried out.

The acquired data will provide the package of nature conservation measures elaboration and minimization of ecological risks when developing oil and gas objects.

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