The contracting organization of Mosinzhproekt Engineering Holding released baby fish sterlet into the Oka River in the Tula Region. The environmental protection measure is implemented as part of the Moscow High-Speed Diameter (MSD) construction project, said Yuri Kravtsov, General Director of Mosinzhproekt JSC.

Mosinzhproekt is one of the major engineering holdings in Russia, the leading operator of the principal urban development programmes in Moscow. The company was included in the List of backbone organisations of the Russian economy in the construction and housing and utilities sector.

“Within the framework of environmental protection measures during the work on the section of the expressway diameter from the Moscow Automobile Ring Road to the Solntsevo-Butovo-Varshavskoe Highway and also following the principles of sustainable development, preserving ecosystems and supporting biodiversity, about 15,000 baby fish sterlet were released into the Oka river,” said Yuri Kravtsov.

Vladimir Dorovskiy, Deputy General Director for Quality, Safety and Health Protection, Industrial Safety, and Environmental Protection of Mosinzhproekt JSC, noted that the choice of territory for launching fish was determined by the National Supervisory Authority in the protection of fish resources – the Moscow-Oka territorial administration of the Federal Agency for Fishery.

“The site selected by the specialists has a small number of predators and sufficient forage. The life and the fastest possible adaptation of the sterlet depends on these factors. A higher percentage of survival of baby fish sterlet will also ensure the remoteness of the site from mass fishing places,” said Vladimir Dorovsky.

He specified that since the fish release limit on the territory of Moscow Region for the current year had already been exhausted, the Fishery Agency redistributes releases to neighboring regions within the boundaries of the Oka water basin.

“Young sterlets of at least 2.5 grams each were sent to swim free. The fish have passed veterinary control and are ready to live in their natural environment,” stressed Vladimir Dorovsky.

He also reminded that the sterlet is included in the Red Book of Russia as a vulnerable species. Life expectancy of this fish species can reach 30 years.

Mosinzhproekt Group pays special attention to environmental issues, so in its activities seeks to minimize the negative impact on the environment.