Wildlife and environment
New nature reserve in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area will protect Arctic fish spawning
© RIA Novosti. Vladimir Fedorenko

New nature reserve in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area will protect Arctic fish spawning

A new specially protected area, the Synsko-Voikarsky Reserve, will be established in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area for the protection of Arctic fish spawning areas, TASS reports citing the autonomous area government.

"The reserve will include two areas: both the Tanyu and Synya river basins in the Shuryshkarsky District of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area. The nature area will cover about 290,000 hectares. This is the spawning area of broad whitefish, humpback whitefish, and peled and taimen, the latter being listed in the Red Data Book of Russia," the autonomous area said.

To maintain the species' population, fish netting will be prohibited in the reserve from August to November.

The Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area is home to 13 specially protected areas of different categories. These include the state nature reserves Verkhne-Tazovsky and Gydansky, the Polyarno-Uralsky Nature Park, the Yamalsky, Poluisky, Verkhnepoluisky, Sobty-Yugansky, Messo-Yakhinsky and Pyakolsky reserves, and the Kharbeisky nature complex. In all, specially protected areas in all categories and statuses occupy nearly 8 million hectares, which exceeds the region's entire territory by 10 percent.

As part of the Year of the Environment in Russia, over 70 environment related events will be held in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area.