Scientists discovered the Boganid char in the Taimyr protected lake Sobachye several years ago. A team led by RAS corresponding member professor Mikhail Gladyshev found that this Arctic fish contains more omega-3 than sardines and other types of marine fish, which were considered the most useful. Polyunsaturated fatty acids are responsible for the prevention of degenerative changes in the brain, heart and blood vessels health, youth and skin beauty.
According to the press service of the Arctic Development Project Office (ADPO) commercial fishing in the reserved lake is impossible, and the only way of commercial production of char is artificial breeding.
Within a month, specialists were catching breeding char from the lake. The eggs fertilized in the lake were delivered to the Norilsk fish hatchery.
In January 2021, larvae began to hatch. If the experiment succeeds, another expedition to the lake is planned to replenish the stock of caviar and begin an experiment in the commercial cultivation of char.
“If the char cultivation project succeeds, it will be a domestic crop with high nutritional value. In the future, it is planned to grow fish entirely on domestic feed. The introduction of the Boganid char into aquaculture will also help preserve the biodiversity of the Russian Arctic. This is one of the Arctic Development Project Office’s purposes”, said ADPO CEO Alexander Stotsky.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: ADPO