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MNR: development of Lake Kronotsky is inexpedient
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of Russia called inappropriate the construction of an artificial fish passage channel in the territory of the Kronotsky Reserve in Kamchatka. According to experts, this project carries serious environmental risks, and its implementation can lead to “pollution” of the gene pool and a reduction in the number of sockeye and char in Kronotsky Lake and the Kronotskaya River.
The head of the Ministry of Natural Resources Dmitry Kobylkin was asked to assess the consequences of the possible implementation of the project by the President of the Russian Geographical Society Sergei Shoigu. According to the organization, the ministry in a response letter reported that back in December 2018, the experts stated that the project was not practical. According to experts, there are risks for the reserve: an alien form of sockeye will lead to "pollution" of the gene pool and the disappearance of both forms of Kokani. In addition, nine forms of fish listed in the Red Book of the Kamchatka Territory will be lost, and the creation of roads, power lines, village and avalanche protection will damage the unique ecosystem of the reserve. A large number of sockeye salves will attract bears and other large predators to the lake - this will change their usual migration routes and the entire ecosystem of the reserve.
Earlier, the World Wildlife Fund spoke against the plans for the illegal development of the Kronotsky Lake and the Kronotsky River. They believe that such plans in the reserve contrary to his status protected area. The project will be a direct violation of Russian law.