Salmon caught taking the Seine-ic route

7th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 7 (AFP) - A salmon weighing nearly two kilograms caught near the mouth of the Seine river that runs through Paris has sparked excitement among scientists, who said the fish disappeared from the waterway nearly a century ago because of pollution and development.

PARIS, Dec 7 (AFP) - A salmon weighing nearly two kilograms caught near the mouth of the Seine river that runs through Paris has sparked excitement among scientists, who said the fish disappeared from the waterway nearly a century ago because of pollution and development.

The return of salmon to the Seine could signal that it is finally getting cleaner after decades of efforts, the state body looking after the river, the Seine-Normandy Water Agency, said in a statement.

The fish, measuring 62 centimetres (two feet) and weighing 1.84 kilograms (four pounds), was caught about 10 kilometres (six miles) inland from where the Seine spills into the English Channel - and some 130 kilometres downstream from the French capital.

A scientist at the INRA institute said the salmon was from the sea and not a farm-bred fish, and judged that it was making its first reproductive migration when it was caught.

Two other similar-looking salmon were spotted farther upstream, the Water Agency added.

Salmon have not been seen in the Seine since the beginning of the 20th century, as the river became progressively more polluted by urbanisation.

Water barrages between Paris and the Seine's source in Burgundy also block the waterway at several points, cutting the migratory path the salmon used to take to get to their ancient mating areas.

 

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