New chum salmon farm starts operating on Kuril islands

A new chum salmon hatchery has gone into operation this week, the website of the Federal Fisheries' Agency reported on Wednesday.

A new chum salmon hatchery has gone into operation this week, the website of the Federal Fisheries' Agency reported on Wednesday.

"The second water inlet has been launched and the upper fresh water pond with a volume of 3,000 cubic meters is being filled at Yankito salmon hatchery on Iturup island. The building part of the project of a facility to breed chum salmon with a capacity of 20 million fry, including the construction of approaches, is over," the report says.

The new facility was built in four months crowning many years of experiments of scientists and fish farmers of the biggest fish industry company in Sakhalin region which operates seven salmon hatcheries on Iturup and Sakhalin annually growing 280 million fish eggs of chum and humpback salmon - one third of Russia's farmed salmon.

More salmon farms on Iturup are planned to be built in Konservnaya Bay, Lake Lebedinoye and Lake Reidovoye.

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