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Fishers released 500 kg of fish into the Elbe. And pupils from Neratovice could not miss out on that


Spolana Neratovice, a part of the refining and petrochemical group, Unipetrol, has been organising the annual fish release into the Elbe for seven years. Fish stocking aims to give a boost to the river’s ecosystem. Besides the Czech Fishing Union and the eco-centre in Kralupy and Vltavou, the release of 500 kg of fish was attended by third graders from the primary school in Neratovice. The organisers have already released 3.5t of fish during the two-year cooperation in this environmental programme.
“We organise fish planting near the Spolana Neratovice site twice a year. We have teamed up with the local fishing union and environmental centre. The good condition and count of the local fish population is a positive indicator of the pureness of water at the facility,” says Miroslav Falta, Spolana’s Executive Director. He adds that besides the Elbe, the fishers and Unipetrol also care for the River Bílina. Regular fish releases are necessary to maintain the water ecosystem. Spolana is involved not only in the planting of fish but also wants to ensure the best possible environment for all aquatic animals. High quality and pureness of water in the vicinity of the production site is also apparent from the results of regular monitoring and the popular angling competitions on the Elbe.
“We have released a total of 500 kg of fish. It was a kind of a mix – carps, grass carps, tenches, and catfish. We have been cooperating with Spolana for seven years, and we restock the river annually, mostly in spring and in autumn,” says Miloslav Vacek, Vice Chairman of the Czech Fishing Union’s branch in Neratovice. Despite the strict sanitary measures, the release of fish was attended by third graders from the primary school in Neratovice. They could learn what a pike, a carp or a catfish looks like, what they eat, and other interesting information. “It is an exciting project. The children spend time in nature; they spend an afternoon at the Elbe and learn about various fish species. They went round various information sites and competitions, and we even had a barbecue,” says a class teacher from the Neratovice primary school (ZŠ 28. října Neratovice), Iva Horáková.
The eco-centre seeks to discuss various issues related to environmental protection with children. “This time, we debated about waste sorting, which helps us recycle and save natural resources. The other topic was soil protection because we need arable land to produce food, not to deposit waste,” says Jana Krátká, a controller at the environmental centre in Kralupy nad Vltavou.
Fish stocking is one of the many activities aimed at environmental support. The Spolana facility is also home to endangered peregrine falcons, for example. They also keep bees on the site, and the local honey has received the top – golden – quality mark every year.
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The Unipetrol Group is the largest refinery and petrochemical company in the Czech Republic. It focuses on crude-oil processing and on the production, distribution and sale of vehicle fuels and petrochemical products – particularly plastics and fertilisers. In all these areas, it belongs among the important players on the Czech and Central European market. The Unipetrol Group encompasses refineries and production plants in Litvínov and Kralupy nad Vltavou, Paramo with its Mogul brand in Pardubice and Kolín, Spolana Neratovice, and two research centres in Litvínov and Brno. Unipetrol also includes a network of Benzina filling stations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. With 417 filling stations, Benzina is the largest chain in the Czech Republic. Unipetrol is one of the largest companies in terms of turnover in the Czech Republic. It earned over CZK 130 billion last year and employs more than 4,800 persons. In addition to its business development, Unipetrol is proud to be a socially responsible corporation. Therefore, it pays an equal amount of attention to initiatives which focus on the cultivation and support of sustainable development, education, local communities, and the environment. In 2005, Unipetrol became a member of the PKN Orlen Group, the largest crude-oil processor in Central Europe.
For more information, please visit the “Responsible Company” section at www.unipetrol.cz.
Contact information: Pavel Kaidl, spokesman, telephone: +420 225 001 407, +420 736 502 520, e-mail: pavel.kaidl@unipetrol.cz

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