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River Šventoji in Zarasai district boasts an increasing stock of salmonids


A total of 133 sea trout weighing up to 3 kg, which are part of the valuable salmonid family, have been released into the River Šventoji between Antalieptė and Dusetos following a few years’ rearing period. Another 133 of them will be added in June. Each female should produce at least 4000 to 6000 spawn already this year.

This section of the Šventoji in Gražutė Regional Park, Zarasai district, is the most suitable growth and spawning site for salmonids, according to Gedas Kukanausks, director of this park. The last two years have seen more than 6000 youngsters of brown trout released here. This fish will be introduced this year as well. The park director hopes that, in cooperation with local communities, they will achieve fish stocks as large as 30 or 40 years before in this section of the Šventoji. “The construction of the Antalieptė hydroelectric power plant in 1961 led to the destruction of several kilometres of salmonid spawning sites, so we have to compensate the damage to nature at least in part,” says Gedas Kukanauskas.

The Rules on Inland Angling will be amended to protect salmonids in the section of the Šventoji between the reservoir of the Antalieptė hydroelectric power plant and Lake Sartai. According to Vilmantas Graičiūnas, head of the Nature Protection Division of the Ministry of Environment, angling will be allowed here only with the release of every sea or brown trout caught. Those who should decide to take such catch with them will have to pay more than 600 euros to repair the damage done to natural resources.

The said section of the Šventoji is part of the water bodies of the Fishing Paradise project. The stocking of pike, zander, wels catfish, tench and brown trout will be done in these water bodies this year.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas