Putin participated in the ceremony of release of fingerlings of Arctic Cisco in lake Baikal

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Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to the Baikal state nature biosphere reserve took part in a graduation ceremony at lake Baikal omul juveniles.

Container with approximately 50 thousand fry was mounted on a small wooden pier near the visitor centre of the reserve. The President spoke about the work at Baikal and showed fry in an open container next to the container. The head of state first released some fry into the lake with a net, and then the rest of the fish by pulling a special lever on the lid of the container.

Release of fingerlings is regularly conducted by the company «Baikal Fishery» together with the Baikal branch of «Glavrybvod» in the framework of public-private partnerships to restore and maintain biodiversity of the fish fauna of lake Baikal. Juvenile fish were grown in cages by the method of industrial fishery, but with more efficiency than the traditional cultivation of fingerlings in lakes and fish farms.

Then Putin visited the visit-center «Baikal nature reserve».

The Baikal state nature biosphere reserve occupies the Central section of the mountain range Khamar-Daban, stretching along the southern coast of lake Baikal. The Northern boundary of the reserve is very close to the lake, the boundaries of the protected area are mainly the valleys of several rivers. The total area of the reserve is more of 167.8 thousand hectares, and the length of the border — about 200 miles.

In the territories of the Baikal reserve and Federal reserves «Altayskogo» and «Kabansky» there are 360 species of vertebrates, of which 49 are rare in Buryatia, and 18 are listed in the Red book of Russia. Of these 1279 species of higher plants 76 included in the Red book of Buryatia and 20 — in the Red book of Russia.