The first stage of the expedition has completed

Kaspika Caspian Seals Conservation Agency, the information partner of Sole of the Caspian Project, congratulates all participants on the successful completion of the flight program, and, first of all, the crew of the amphibious aircraft La-8: Valery I. Tokarev – Hero of Russia, 1st class test pilot, Chief Pilot of all air expeditions, organised by Clean Seas Foundation; Alexei Krasnov, an irreplaceable flight engineer; Andrey D. Ivanov, Co-pilot, a participant of round-the-world flights. That important stage of the expedition would not have taken place without you!

The crew of amphibious aircraft La-8: (from left to right): Valery I. Tokarev, Chief Pilot of the expedition; Alexei Krasnov, Flight Engineer; A.D. Ivanov, Co-pilot.

Vladimir Filippov, Director of the Aerial Filming Technology Studio, a cameraman of the expedition.

Ruslan Kuliev, Cameraman, a member of the film crew. Photo by A.D. Ivanov.

Flight over the Caspian Sea. Photo by A.D. Ivanov.

The amphibious aircraft La-8. The Caspian Sea. Photo by Clean Seas Foundation.

Aerial reconnaissance of haul-outs and aerial survey of Caspian seals along the Russian coast of the Caspian Sea, in the water area from the border with Kazakhstan to Makhachkala (Dagestan). The scientific and film crew – D. Glazov, E Nazarenko, V. Filippov and R. Kuliev – managed to register visually about 400 seals. Accurate data will be obtained after computer processing of photographic materials from a monitoring complex, specifically developed for Soul of the Caspian Project. Most of the animals were on Maliy Zhemchuzhniy Island and on islets of sand anext to it. In the water area adjacent to the coast of Dagestan (up to the city of Makhachkala), including Tyuleniy Island, no animals could be found.

The haul-out sites of Caspian seals on Maliy Zhemchuzhniy Island. Photo by A.D. Ivanov.

The haul-out site of Caspian seals on Maliy Zhemchuzhniy Island. Photo by Clean Seas Foundation.

The haul-out site of Caspian seals on Maliy Zhemchuzhniy Island. Photo by Clean Seas Foundation.

 The expeditionary group of Soul of the Caspian Project performed 4 flights with a total length of about 2,600 thousand kilometers, exploring the water area of more than 12 000 km. In addition to seals, scientists saw many birds, fish, abandoned fishing nets and numerous boats in the Dagestan water area during their flights.

A boat in the Dagestan area of the Caspian Sea. Photo by A.D. Ivanova.

One day the scientific crew flew over a Lukoil oil platform, which did not cause a negative reaction – everything was clean around it.

A Lukoil oil platform, the Caspian Sea, Russia. Photo by V. Filippov.

A Lukoil oil platform, the Caspian Sea, Russia. Photo by A.D. Ivanova.

The first stage of the expeditionary work has been over. The amphibious aircraft has completed the final flight mission and is going to Samara.

D.M. Glazov, Head of the expedition scientific group, a specialist of IEE RAS.

The team of the first stage of the expedition. Photo of the Clean Seas Foundation.

You can watch a video about the first stage of the expedition by following the link.

The project organiser: Clean Seas International Ecological Foundation.
The project implementation was possible thanks to LUKOIL. Rosmorport, NABU-Caucasus, IEE RAS, Astrakhanskiy State Nature Biosphere Reserve with the support of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation and the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources.
The information partners of the project are Russia 1 – Astrakhan (STRC “Lotos”) and Kaspika Caspian Seals Conservation Agency.

Source: Clean Seas International Ecological Foundation.

In the top photo (from left to right): Olga Karelina, Head of Special Projects, Clean Seas Foundation; Anna Subbotina, Deputy General Director for Public Relations, Clean Seas Foundation.

 

 

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