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The head of Primorye shifted responsibility for killer whales and belugas to scientists
The head of Primorye Oleg Kozhemyako said that the authorities do not exert pressure on scientists in order to quickly release the killer whales and beluga whales from the "whale prison" in Srednyaya Bay. He also shifted responsibility for animals to the Federal Agency for Fishery and the All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO).
Oleg Kozhemyako said "National News Service"that the regional authorities had no relation to the “whale prison”: animals were caught by companies from Khabarovsk, permission to catch was issued by various institutions, they were confirmed at VNIRO.
“Let them be responsible for their part,” said Oleg Kozhemyako.
The governor also said that he had no idea who would pay for the operation to free the killer whales and beluga whales, which had previously been estimated at 300 million rubles. According to him, environmentalists and social activists were going to create a special fund to raise funds, but no one did anything. Oleg Kozhemyako noted that it is necessary to release animals as soon as possible, because they get used to people and keeping in captivity. The fears of scientists that the released marine mammals can disturb the Primorye near recreation areas, the head of the region called in vain.
Earlier, the Cousteau team called on the Russian authorities keep killer whales out from the whale prison to Srednyaya Bay in May. Experts said that this plan puts animals at risk and endangers their survival.
Already today, on May 23, a court in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk will consider a lawsuit by zoo defenders for the release of killer whales and beluga whales from the whale prison. Environmentalists dispute the decisions of the Federal Agency for Fishery in the allocation of quotas for catching these animals in 2018, as well as the inaction of Rosprirodnadzor in deciding on the removal of mammals and their release.