Norilo-Pyasinsky water system large-scale studies start

Norilo-Pyasinsky water system large-scale studies start

July 13, 2023

The field research phase will last until the end of September with the Nornickel’s support.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Norilsk-Taimyr Energy Company (NTEC) and the All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO) have launched a fisheries research program in the Norilo-Pyasinsky water system. This is the first stage of large-scale long-term work, including the aquatic biological resources and their habitat state study.

Under the 2022 amicable agreement, the NTEC, VNIRO and the Yenisey Territorial Administration of the Federal Agency for Fishery agreed on full compensation for the damage caused to aquatic biological resources as a result of the accident at the thermal power plant in Norilsk in 2020. So, in June of this year, the NTEC began releasing the Red Book fish – young Siberian sturgeon – into the Yenisey.

In their work, scientists will cover lake Pyasino and the Pyasina river, as well as smaller water bodies, including the Ambarnaya, Norilsk, Daldykan, Agapa, and Dudypta rivers. Hydrobiologists will monitor the state of aquatic biological resources and their habitat and develop scientifically based recommendations for replenishment.

Nornickel systematically invests in water bodies scientific research in the regions where it operates. The company has organized the most large-scale research in Taimyr in the last three years. Together with the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, three seasons of the Great Norilsk Expedition took place, during which they explored most of the Norilo-Pyasinsky water system.

Together with government agencies and the scientific community, the company supports the study and protection of such Red Book animals as the polar bear, gyrfalcon, bighorn and others.

The research starting this year is the first stage of large-scale long-term work, including the study of the aquatic biological resources and their habitat state. VNIRO will conduct them until 2051. The results obtained will form the basis for further work on the restoration of the aquatic ecosystem and stocks of valuable whitefish in this region.

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Text: Elena Popova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

July 13, 2023

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