DAFV presents Brochure: Salmon - fish of the year 2019

Around 30 guests were invited to attend the presentation of the brochure: "Salmon - Fish of the year 2019" by the organization DAFV (Deutscher Angelfischerei Verband)  in Berlin. 
People working for salmon reintroduction projects, scientists, Fishing officials, and members of parliament followed the invitation and celebrated Salmon as an icon of migratory fish species and an indicator for a good river quality. 

Mrs. Dr. Christel Happach-Kasan, president of the organization, gave a warm welcome to the guests and an introduction to the topic "Salmon - fish of the year 2019". 

Armin Weinbrenner of „Wanderfische ohne Grenzen - NASF Germany“ gave his presentation "Salmon in Germany".  Once again he focussed attention on the historic development of the salmon stocks in Germany, specially in River Rhine - formerly the most prolific salmon river in the world. According to a study (Lenders 2016) the decline of the original salmon population in River Rhine catchment from estimated 100 Mio. fish annually (A.D. 1250) to only 100.000 around 1850 was mainly caused by the construction of watermills in medieval times.  

Stefan Ludwig of „Wanderfische ohne Grenzen - NASF Germany“ has gathered an enormous data stock of historic evidence in the database of "Wanderfische ohne Grenzen" and made it available to the public. 
Based on these concrete data Armin Weinbrenner could impressively substantiate the originally enormous stock of salmon in the River Rhine catchment. 

3000 salmon in 1419 between Bern und Solothurn in River Aare, 6000 salmon in 1783 until the end of July in a single pool on the Rhine,  and  798 salmon with a single netcast  in River Fulda 1443 just to mention a few. 
Armin Weinbrenner was then talking about the reintroduction of salmon in Germany. An average yearly stocking of 2 Mio. small salmon faces 100 to 850  returners in the same period. 
He mentioned possible reasons for the fact that the establishment of a self-sustaining population of this species was not possible until today: 

1.    Migration obstacles – lacking biological permeability of the rivers
2.    Predators – cormorant in the first place
3.    Lack of spawning habitats – Silting of riverbeds
4.    Climate change ???
5.    Genetics ???

Conclusively he once more pointed out the basic significance of lively and functioning rivers and river bank habitats. The extiction of species happens her in our rivers in front of our very eyes. The rivers and their banks constitute the ideal network of habitats in our landscape. Like veins in a human body, rivers link the habitats of our landscape.

Flowing free is Living!