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El Bosquín students take part in restocking the River Nalón




Over 100 students from El Bosquín School in El Entrego took part in the restocking of the River Nalón. In total 5,000 brown trout juveniles were released. The activity was organised by the Friends of the River Nalón Anglers’ Association, which has the support of the EDP Foundation. The fish were released in the main channel of the river, close to the school.

Apart from releasing the fish, the students learnt about the characteristics of the specimens and the environmental importance of this type of fish-management actions in the rivers of Asturias. This initiative is part of the work of the Anglers’ Association and of the EDP Foundation to involve the students of all the towns and centres along the River Nalón valey in the restocking activities.

The purpose of releasing the fish, as Arturo Álvarez, chairman of the Association, explained, “is to foster respect for, improvement and recovery of our environment, with special emphasis on the river courses and the fish that lives there”.

The released juveniles are the result of a full cycle of spawning, hatching and raising, using the own breeding stock of the centre that the Association has in Pola de Laviana. The whole process is supervised by the Regional Ministry for Rural Development and Natural Resources.

This activity marks the end of the Association’s restocking campaign in the 2016 season, when it has raised and restocked the River Nalón and its tributaries with 300,000 juveniles.

This fish management initiative helps to encourage people to respect, improve and recover the environment and consolidates the close partnership dating back over fifteen years between the Friends of the River Nalón Anglers’ Association and the EDP Foundation. The Foundation’s commitment to fish restocking is being spread other rivers of Asturias, with the backing of the Royal Asturian River Angling Association.

In the middle-high course of the River Nalón, this partnership between the Association and the EDP Foundation has led to proven maintenance and sustained balance of brown trout population densities, which has managed to reserve the ongoing downward trend of trout populations.

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