Russian Arctic Center experts to study Atlantic salmon schools
Researchers will assess the size of Atlantic salmon schools in the Arkhangelsk Region, and the first stage of their work is to begin this fall. The Russian Arctic Scientific and Educational Center will be conducting this survey.
Experts will gauge the size of salmon schools in the Zimnyaya Zolotitsa River using sonar methods. Staffers from the Northern Subsidiary of the Knipovich Polar Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography will do the research part of the project while employees of the Kalinin Fishing Cooperative will catch and grow small fry.
"The project to expand salmon-breeding grounds and to restore salmon schools in the rivers of the White Sea basin is a high-priority aspect of a program to develop the Arctic fisheries cluster. Research projects, due to cost about four million rubles, can be implemented using research funding of the Russian Arctic Scientific and Educational Center," the regional government said in a statement.
The survey's results can assess the need to artificially reproduce certain fish species. Project data will eventually help implement amateur and recreational fishing projects.