The Government of Cantabria has lifted the suspension of fishing in the ‘salmon’ sections of the Asson, Pas, Nansa and Deva rivers, after recent days of rain have increased the flow of the basins, which have recovered above values. Are. Minimum level average in the month of May.
In this way, fishermen will be able to resume their activity this Friday, the 19th, in the four sections in which fishing was temporarily suspended at the end of April due to drought.
The resolution of the General Directorate of Biodiversity, Environment and Climate Change by which the suspension has been lifted has been published this Thursday in an extraordinary edition of the Official Gazette of Cantabria (BOC).
Uplift affects the Asón rivers, from the Ramelles de la Victoria Dam to its mouth; the country, from the Puente Visgo Dam to its mouth; the Nansa, from Palombra Dam to its mouth, and the Deva, from Riga del Valle, at Labena, to its mouth.
In the case of the Deva River, in the section shared with Asturias, the suspension of fishing in the river will apply only on odd days, which are days when the administration of fishing exercises corresponds to that of the Autonomous Community of Cantabria.
A suspension of fishing was implemented on 29 April in certain sections coinciding with “salmon areas” in the rivers of Cantabria as a result of drought effects, which prompted the Government of Cantabria to step up the rescue and translocation of fish in general. Was forced Start around the month of July.
Over 8,300 fish were rescued
Thus far, since late March, Natural Environment agents and forest firefighters have rescued more than 8,300 fish, most of them in a nearby river, the executive explained in a press release.
Of the 6,838 samples rescued nearby, more than half (4,892) were smolts or salmon, which along with the rest of the samples (which were mostly trout) migrated to that stretch in which fishing was suspended.
This measure has allowed the salmon to continue their descent towards the sea, as the water level rises. In the rest of the salmon run, the increase in flow has made it easier for salmon juveniles to continue their life cycles.
During the validity of the suspension, agents of the natural environment will maintain “reinforced” surveillance in the affected sections to prevent poaching and, in rest of the estuaries and rivers, to detect any incidents that may require new rescue of fish . or other means.
“What we are doing these days is to move thousands of juvenile salmon from areas where there was no water to spaces in lower basins where they can continue their life cycle to reach the ocean,” explained the counselor for rural development, Guillermo Blanco.
Blanco called on the “exemplary” behavior of the fishermen of Cantabria, “great guarantors of the heritage of our river”, to understand the ministry’s decision to suspend fishing in the river for three weeks, and of the technicians, agents of Environment Natural Thanks for the work. and forest fire brigades in the management and protection of our natural heritage.
Finally, the counselor sent a reassuring message as the rivers “are going down well, there is water in them as there has been a lot of rain these days and the forecast is that it will continue to rain in the coming days”, and he took the opportunity to Took advantage of to urge “to continue caring for our rivers and our environment
The Council’s decision is supported by the Regional Fisheries Council, whose members have been consulted this week.