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Sturgeons released into the Volga in Astrakhan Region under CPC environmental project

Final events of Preserve Nature in Your Native Region, a CPC environmental & education project to protect and increase the population of sturgeons, took place in the Astrakhan Region on 18-19 May 2019. The program was administered by the Caspian Fishery Science & Research Institute.
A formal ceremony held on 18 May was attended by L. Bokhanovskiy, CPC-R Deputy General Director, Russian Government Relations; R. Kharisov, Astrakhan Region Government Deputy Chairman and Minister of Industry, Transport and Natural Resources; V. Gutman, Education and Science Minister; Caspian Fishery Institute management, scientists and specialists.
Some sturgeon baby fishes were released into the natural habitat by children winning a creativity competition and guests of honor at the BIOS research & experimental facility run by the Caspian Fisher Institute in Ikryanoye Village. A final concert followed where the competition winners were awarded prizes in various nominations.
Leonid Bokhanovskiy commented on the event by saying: “It’s nice to know that Preserve Nature in Your Native Region, CPC’s environmental and education project first held in 2014, is already becoming a tradition, involving more and more participants. I’d like to give great thanks to the management and staff of the Caspian Fishery Institute who have helped us with today’s event and, most importantly, with getting the young generation’s attention to the present environmental problem”.
The majority of young sturgeons were released later near the delta of the Volga River by CPC staff and the Volgo-Caspian branch of the Russian Fishery Agency the next day. A total of 2,250 Russian sturgeons, belugas and sterlets were released to swim free.
For information: CPC’s environmental project “Save nature in your native region” has been implemented in the Astrakhan Region since March till May 2016. The main idea is to draw the public’ attention to the environmental problem of preserving rare species of the flora and fauna listed in the Red Book. The program included open lessons and a creativity competition held in educational establishments in the Astrakhan Region to see who would create the best propaganda item on the topic of the project. The project was first implemented in Kalmykia in 2014, dedicated to the problem of restoring the local  saiga antelope population.
For reference.
CPC pipeline system is one of the largest investment projects in the energy industry with participation of foreign capital on the CIS territory. The length of the pipeline connecting the oil fields in Western Kazakhstan with the Marine Terminal near Novorossiysk is 1,511 km. CPC Marine Terminal is equipped with single point moorings which allow for safe tanker lifting at a considerable distance from the shore, also when the weather conditions are unfavorable.
CPC Shareholders: Russian Federation (represented by Transneft – 24% and CPC Company – 7 %) – 31%; Republic of Kazakhstan (represented by KazMunayGaz  – 19% and Kazakhstan Pipeline Ventures LLC – 1.75%) – 20.75%; Chevron Caspian Pipeline Consortium Company - 15%, LUKARCO B.V. – 12.5%, Mobil Caspian Pipeline Company – 7.5%, Rosneft-Shell Caspian Ventures Limited – 7.5%, BG Overseas Holding Limited - 2%, Eni International N.A. N.V. - 2% и Oryx Caspian Pipeline LLC – 1.75%.