Specialists of the All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO) released the last group of belugas, previously illegally detained in the “whale prison” in Primorye. This was told by Interfax.
The institute reported that there were no more animals left in the “whale prison”. The final release of 31 beluga whales ended on November 10th.
Despite the complexity of organizing this unique work, thanks to the professionalism, colossal efforts and responsible attitude of all participants in the operation, all issues were successful.VNIRO press service
From summer to autumn 2018, private companies caught 11 killer whales and 90 belugas and placed them in the base for adaptation. On November 16, 2018, the Investigative Committee of the Primorsky Territory opened a criminal case under the article on the illegal extraction of aquatic biological resources. February 22, 2019 Putin instructed the Ministry of Natural Resources to solve the whale problem before March 1.
In support of animals Pamela Anderson, the son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, spoke out . On April 8, the head of Primorye promised to release all the animals from the “whale prison” into the natural environment.