Northern Fisheries Research Institute
Director, PhD in Biology, Dmitry Ivanter
185031, Russia, Karelia, Petrozavodsk, Varkaus, 3
Phone/Fax: +7 (8142) 78-32-85
E-mail: ivanter @ research.karelia.ru
The Northern Fisheries Research Institute (SevNIIRH) was founded
in March of 1931. It`s major objective is the investigation of
freshwater basins of Karelia for the purpose of the most complete
and effective use of their fish resources.
The SevNIIRH has 7 scientific subdivisions (labs and departments)
with 60 staff-members.
The main areas of SevNIIRH scientific
activities are the following:
and evaluation of the industrial fish resources (stock
structure and distribution) in the coastal water basins;
of methods of natural and artificial reproduction
of valuable fish species;
fish food and feeding;
genetics, selection and gene engineering;
- creation of
reservoir fish cadasters;
examination of industrial projects;
toxicology and biomonitoring.
The SevNIIRH has constantly renewed data banks about the inshore basins of
the Northern region (Karelia, Arkhangelsk region) for many years.
The information on the industrially valuable species amount and
population structure enables annual and long-term forecasting and
evaluation of limits of possible fish-outs for small fish populations.
Long-term research projects are conducted to create a cadaster of important
of the SevNIIRH concern the following fish species: freshwater
and Atlantic anadromous salmon, brook trout, lake char,
whitefish, peled, cisco, grayling, sander, pike, bram.
General areas of
research interests are the following: investigation of biotic and
abiotic circumstances of valuable fish species reproduction in
natural conditions, biological and ecological monitoring of
certain stocks, biotechnology and biological foundations
for biotechnologies, development of projects of certain
fish species amount increase and evaluation of the practical
reproduction and presentation of the research results.
In 1985 - 1990
comparative ecological and toxicological research projects were
conducted in the areas, including Karelia, Primorski territory,
Bashkiria, Southern Ural and Eastern Kazakhstan.
objective of the research is the improvement of water surface
quality control, evaluation of the biological quality of water
and of the antropogenic influence on basins.
projects on ecological expert examination have been carried out
in the Institute with the purpose of evaluating the influence of
existing industrial enterprises, buildings and various industrial
activities on water ecosystems of the European North. About 130
objects have been examined during this period, including those
like Kolskaya Nuclear Power Plant, Panajarvi HydroPP, more than
15 Hydroelectric Power Stations; about 20 oil and gas fields and
all pulp and paper industries.
The SevNIIRH is
actively cooperating with the neighboring Finland. Since
1978 research projects have been conducted with the Hunt and
Fishery Research Institute (Helsinki) on the borderland lakes in
order to preserve common fish resources for reproduction. The
trout gene engineering research projects have been held
together with the University of Kuopio. Joint projects with
Finnish specialists are also realized in the sphere of
environment protection, aquaculture and others.