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WWF-Russia suggested next steps on the way to identify possible causes of water contamination in Kamchatka

12 october 2020
The recommendations were sent today to the scientific council. WWF-Russia's experts suggest widening the area of the survey further to the north, performing a dredging survey, and involving specialists from the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring.

As of Monday, October 12, the reports come from other areas further to the south from Kamchatka claiming the unusual wash-out of benthic species. Bristle worms and gastropods were reported to be seen ashore up to the southern part of Paramushir Island (the northern part of the Kuril Archipelago).

WWF-Russia's specialists say it is needed to quickly determine the exact causes of the impact on marine species. Environmentalists recommend:

  • significantly widening the area of ​​hydrochemical and hydrobiological research in the northern part of the Gulf of Avacha up to Bechevinskaya Bay, as well as in the area of ​​Morzhovaya, Bolshaya Medvezhka and Malaya Medvezhka, Kalagir bays, in Kronotsky Bay to the mouth of the Zhupanova River;
  • performing a dredge survey at depths of up to 200 meters in the Gulf of Avacha, and considering the possibility of using underwater drones to survey the seabed and take samples of benthic species;
  • involving representatives of the Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the State Oceanographic Institute of the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring in the work.

Since October 3, WWF-Russia, in cooperation with its partners, has been conducting a comprehensive analysis of the area of ecological disaster using Earth’s remote sensing (ERS). Ecologists believe that this tool should be used for dynamic monitoring.

photo in the preview and the headline - © Yuri Kislyak / WWF-Russia

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