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Increasing the fish population in the Elbe continues. Children and anglers release half a tonne of fish into the river.


 Third and fifth graders from the Libiš Primary School and anglers have released an additional 500 kilogrammes of fish into the River Elbe in Neratovice. Spolana, a member of the refining and petrochemical group ORLEN Unipetrol, organised the event for the ninth consecutive year. With this fish release, the company is contributing to expanding the fish population in the river and helping to improve its ecosystem. Apart from Spolana and the Czech Anglers Union, the environmental centre in Kralupy nad Vltavou also participates in this project, which aims to evoke interest in nature in primary school children. Thanks to this ecological programme, the organisers have so far released a total of eight tonnes of fish, worth approximately CZK 530,000, into the River Elbe.


“The fish are released twice a year in Neratovice near Spolana in collaboration with the local anglers and the environmental centre. Their good condition and the state of the local fish population are a positive indicator of the cleanliness of the water in the area,” describes Miroslav Falta, Executive Director of Spolana. He continues: “In the long term, we are also involved in environmental care through social responsibility projects, such as keeping honeybees at our production site, supporting the nesting of peregrine falcons and increasing the fish population in the River Elbe.”  


“We invited third and fifth graders to the event, as they need to become aware of behaving responsibly towards the environment. Therefore, we prepared a lot of educational and entertaining activities for them, such as a quiz on the topic of fish and everything related to water,” comments Hana Matějková, a lecturer at the environmental centre in Kralupy nad Vltavou. “We would like to use this opportunity to thank Spolana for the invitation. The children are thrilled about the entire event; they have an opportunity to spend a whole morning in nature and get introduced to fish species,” says Stanislav Mathaus, a teacher at the Libiš Primary School.


Anglers and Libiš Primary School pupils released well-known fish species into the River Elbe’s autumn waters, including European perch, grass carp and Eurasian carp. These fish species create a balanced community in the river and fulfil a host of ecological functions. Thanks to the representatives of the anglers union, the children could learn a lot of interesting information about many fish species.


Apart from increasing the fish population in the River Elbe and beekeeping, Spolana is also active in supporting the threatened peregrine falcon. In collaboration with the non-profit organisation ALKA Wildlife, it has been caring for peregrine falcons since 2015. Overall, five young have hatched here. In recent years, Spolana has significantly decreased the impact of its production on the environment. The vicinity of the production site, especially the biological pond, has become a popular haven for a host of protected and threatened animal species. The cleanliness of the area is attested by the presence of river otters, common teals, common kingfishers and trout, all animals that are highly sensitive to the quality of the environment.


SPOLANA a.s. is one of the largest chemical manufacturing companies in the Czech Republic. The only manufacturer of PVC and caprolactam also produces ammonium sulphate and sulphuric acid. It currently employs over 700 people. Spolana has been owned by the ORLEN Unipetrol Group since 2016. The ORLEN Unipetrol Group is the largest refining and petrochemical company in the Czech Republic. It focuses on crude oil processing and production, distributing and selling fuels and petrochemical products – mainly plastics and fertilisers. It is one of the major players in the Czech and Central European markets in all these areas. The ORLEN Unipetrol Group includes refineries and production plants in Litvínov and Kralupy nad Vltavou, Paramo in Pardubice, Spolana in Neratovice, and two research centres in Litvínov and Brno. ORLEN Unipetrol also includes the ORLEN Benzina network in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. With 427 outlets, Benzina ORLEN is the largest chain in the Czech Republic. In Slovakia, it is the fastest-growing chain with 24 sites since 2019. ORLEN Unipetrol is one of the largest companies in the Czech Republic in terms of turnover. It employs 4,800 people. In addition to its business development, ORLEN Unipetrol is proud to be a socially responsible corporation. Therefore, it pays equal attention to initiatives focusing on cultivating and supporting sustainable development, education, local communities, and the environment. In 2005, ORLEN Unipetrol became part of the PKN Orlen Group, the largest oil processor in Central Europe.


Contact details: Pavel Kaidl, spokesperson, telephone: +420 736 502 520, email: pavel.kaidl@orlenunipetrol.cz


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