Salmon to return to Rhine in Black Forest
19 October 2007, Bonn (AFP) - Salmon will return to the Rhine in the Black Forest by 2015 in the latest stage of the ecological recovery of a river once nicknamed "Europe's dustbin", under an accord struck here on Thursday.
19 October 2007
Bonn (AFP) - Salmon will return to the Rhine in the Black Forest by 2015 in the latest stage of the ecological recovery of a river once nicknamed "Europe's dustbin", under an accord struck here on Thursday.
The International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICRP) and the European Commission agreed that salmon and other migrating fish will be re-introduced to the river in the Black Forest on the border of France and Germany.
"The aim of making the Elz and Dreisam river basins accessible (to fish) by 2015 was agreed today," Ben van de Wetering, a senior ICRP official, told AFP after a ministerial-level conference.
The Elz and Dreisam are key tributaries of the Rhine.
The first steps of the plan will be to adapt locks at Haringvliet in the Netherlands and build a fish ladder to allow the fish to navigate a dam on the Rhine in the eastern French city of Strasbourg.
But the ICRP says further measures are required to make the Elz and the Dreisam accessible to salmon because two other dams currently block their progress.
The Rhine, one of the most important inland waterways in Europe, became extremely polluted in the 1970s, but efforts to clean it up are paying off and 3,000 adult salmon had returned to its waters and its tributaries by the end of 2005.
The river is navigable for almost 800 kilometres (500 miles) inland from its mouth in the North Sea.
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