WWF-Russia expresses deepest concerns about the plans of coal mining in Western Kamchatka
In Western Kamchatka, and in particular in the area adjacent to the field, a large number of important salmon rivers flow. Most of them remain untouched by human activities and annually provide high salmon catch rates.
The Indian company "Tata Power" is only planning to conduct exploration, in fact, guided by the approximate data of the Soviet period. It is not known exactly how the mining will be conducted. Given the tectonic specifics of the region, the mine method can hardly be called expedient. The hydraulic production method, considered the most environmentally friendly, is still at the experimental level. It is most obvious that mining will be conducted in the least environmentally friendly - open-pit method. At the same time, it is highly likely that huge areas will be contaminated with coal dust.
For nearly ten years now, WWF-Russia has been advocating the establishing of a Fisheries Protected Zone (FPZ) in the West Kamchatka shelf and adjacent river basins. The Fund proposes to limit any economic activity, except fishing, in this area. Thus, the most biologically productive region of the Sea of Okhotsk will be protected from encroachments of mining and oil producing companies.