Effects of new-developed lowland lakes on salmonid populations (38265)

  • Koed, Anders (Project Manager)
  • Schwinn, Michael (Project Participant)

Project Details


Development of artificial lakes is a management tool to reduce nutrient runoff to coastal waters. Denmark has restored more than 10,000 ha of wetlands and lakes in the last 14 years in consequence of “Action Plans for the Aquatic Environment”, that aim to meet the demands of the European Union’s Water Framework Directive. Juvenile, seaward migrating salmonids (smolts) are highly affected by impounded waterbodies, as they are subjected to extraordinary high mortalities due to predation and altered habitat. Pike and birds have been demonstrated to be major predators on brown trout and salmon smolt in rivers and reservoirs. Migration delay of smolts in lakes may cause desmoltification.

The objective of this project is to evaluate the effect of lake development on the salmonid smolt run in restored rivers and wetlands. This knowledge is important not only from a scientific perspective, but also in relation to DTU Aqua’s ongoing recommendations and advice given to counties and Ministry of Foods, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark on restoration projects.
DTU Aqua, National Institute of Aquatic Resources (coordinator)
Council of Aarhus, Denmark

The project is funded by the Danish Rod and Net Fishing License Funds.

Research area: Freshwater Fisheries and Ecology
Effective start/end date01/01/200831/12/2016


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