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Students from the Elena Sánchez Tamargo School release 2,500 trout into the Nalón River

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Environmental

12.05.2019

The infant and primary school pupils, have released 2,500 juvenile Brown trout into the main river course, in the Fontoria Nueva area. The activity was organised by the Anglers’ Association and Friends of the Nalón River and the EDP Foundation.

The students, from 3 to 12 years old, who participated in this activity, have received a first-hand lesson on the characteristics of these juvenile trout that are 10 to 12 centimetres long.

The young trout belong to a subspecies of native Salmo trutta fario, a species found in cold and well-oxygenated waters that can live up to 12 years. Their feeding habits are based on insect larvae, aquatic molluscs and crustaceans, as well as worms and riverbank forest insects that fall into the water.

All the specimens released are the result of a complete spawning, embryonic and breeding cycle, from the Association’s own breeders in the centre located in Pola de Laviana. The entire process is supervised by the Department of Rural Development, Agri-Livestock and Fishing and the General Directorate of the Natural Environment.

The President of the Anglers’ Association and Friends of the Nalón, Arturo Álvarez, has stated that with the releasing of trout “we wish to encourage the respect, improvement and recovery or our environment, with particular focus on our river courses and the fish population they contain, thus continuing to allow the students from all the villages in the valley to be active participants, with the aim of making them aware of the environment that surrounds them.”  

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