Polar bears will be fenced from places of development of the shelf
14:26 29 сентября 2014
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The international conference on sea mammals took place in Saint-Petersburg. Influence of development of the shelf on population of seals, whales and walruses was one of the key topics for discussion. Scientists are sure that there is someone, who needs protection, near the coasts of Yamal.
Protection of seals and polar bears of the Kara Sea was discussed on the conference «Sea mammals of the Golarctic». Biologists call a part of the planet to the north from Sahara desert as the Golarctic. On one of the section the scientists discussed how to protect environment of animals at work of oil and gas companies. In water areas adjoining to Yamal zoologists define several species of mammals that need protection first of all: the Atlantic walrus brought into the Red Book, the white whale, the ringed seal and the sea hare – one of species of seals. Large cetaceans can appear more often in connection with expected warming in this part of the Arctic.
This June the President of the country gave the instruction-recommendation to heads of extracting companies working in the sea: to elaborate and to adopt programs on preservation of biological diversity till August of 2015. For example, «Gazprom», in Kharasavey field suggests fencing completely from polar bears – light and sound effects will scare the beasts of prey. Of course, the solid fence will be set. If this experience is successful, it will be spread to other objects of the company, as it is informed on the portal yamal-region.tv.
The company «Yamal LNG» participates in liquidation of accumulated ecological damage on Beliy Island, registers and systematizes all cases, when its ships happen to meet sea animals, renders financial support to researches of the Atlantic walrus.
According to the data of the WWF, already about one fourth of the whole territory of the Russian shelf is taken with licensed areas for hydrocarbon extraction. The Far East, the Caspian region and the Arctic are the most problematic regions for Russia.