Vladivostok scientists stocking sea scallops in oil port
More specifically, before stocking the scallops the scientists from TIBOH Research Institute for Bioorganic Chemistry and TINRO-Centre Research Institute for Fishery and Oceanography have checked the bay and found its conditions favourable for growing the species. The bay's ground is strongly inhabited by marine dwellers, scallops including. That has become the best confirmation to the fact that despite oil tankering operations the port secures ecological safety in compliance with the Russian requirements and international standards.
Sea scallops stocking in the bay is aimed at help monitoring the condition of the port's waters as the mollusk is a natural water filter and as a kind of touchstone it can show the level of its purity or pollution.
At present, TIBOH scientists have been preparing a program for monitoring of the ecological condition of the environment with the use of mass spectrometry for identification of hydrocarbons in the water, ground and hydrocoles. Under the program the scientists will gather samples monthly.