New editions of the activity "let´s fish like scientists" have been promoted between the 28th June and the 5th July in the Redonda River Park, as part of the school hollydays program "Hollydays on the move".
The municipality of Águeda, with the support of MARE /Universidade de Évora, have raised awareness of the young for the relevance of river continuity for migrating fish. Participants had also the opportunity to get information on the river fish biodiversity, observe technicques for field monitoring of fish and, overall, discuss solutions for sustainable river management.
The LIFE ÁGUEDA is this week on a networking visit to LIFE Unlocking the Severn LIFE (LIFE 15 NAT/UK/000219), a project that will restore about 253 km of river habitat to allow for continuity for sage (Alosa fallax) progression.
First days of work were dedicated to know the existing weirs in Upper Lode (Gloucester) and Maisemore (Tewksbury) - where sage where being monitored on their progression along the river -, technical discussion of the fish passes being proposed for rivers Severn and overall share of experiences and knowledge about main constraints associated with this type of works.
The visit was also an opportunity for ideas exchange about the awareness raising gallery that will be included on one of the fish passes and ways to promote its public use for dissemination, works on which LIFE ÁGUEDA team has already considerable experience, gathered with the solutions used in the Mondego river.
In Severn, like in Vouga and Águeda, the main aim is to improve the river conditions for migratory fish, so that all can benefit from these improved resources!
Under a tight cooperation between the teams of AQUALOGUS, University of Évora / MARE and the Mora Fluviarium, a set of 3D physical models representing naturalized and technical fish passes is nearby conclusion.
As foreseen in the project works, these physical models will soon integrate a new exhibition module about the LIFE ÁGUEDA's targets, developments and outputs that will be set on the Mora Fluviarium, allowing for increasing public awareness raising and environmental education works with its visitors.
The project team was today on the 2019 edition of "Lisbon Fish & Flavours".
In addition to highlighting the use of fish marked with the Origin Seal created with the project works, visitors had the chance to taste delicious recipes of shad and sea lamprey provided by Chef Luís Machado, on ashowcooking promoted by project partner DOCAPESCA.
With the migratory fish season for fisheries underway, the project team has recently concluded one more concrete work towards supporting sustainable fishing in the Vouga river basin, targetting especially the sea lamprey and the shad.
University of Évora and DOCAPESCA have this week started to tagg fish cuaght with following sustainable practices with a specific "origin seal" that was developped as part of the project works. The seal carries the LIFE logo, as well as the certificate of compliance on fish sale following legal procedures, as well as specific mention to its Vouga river origin.
On the 18th February the teams from the Mora Fluviarium and the Municipality of Águeda have promoted the first sessions of the "River goes to school" environmental education program, with which LIFE ÁGUEDA seeks to raise local awareness on river conservation and communicate the project actions towards local students. The program will account with continuous work untill the project end, targetting schools from CIRA, the Aveiro Region Intermunicipal Community.
These first sessions embraced about 84 children from the municipality of Águeda, including students from 2 local schools. The deployed activities, directed at river conservation and riverine habitats understanding, aloowed for knowledge sharing and raising curiosity among participants.
The team from the Mora Fluviarium was today in schools of the municipality of Redondo, communicating the project's goals and raising awareness about the species targeted, problemas faced and how to overpass them.
On the 7th December, at the facilities of Municipality of Águeda, the first meeting of the project's Stakeholder Board took place. With a larger audience than expected, which included public, private and civil society organizations, this first meeting allowed to present the project's developments and expected results, with an emphasis on the works to occur along 2019.
The discussion period included an interested and participated question and answer process, which allowed to confirm a global consensus on the project aims, and to identify new perspectives for cooperation with the project works.
Among the activities that marked this year, a little around the world, the World Migratory Fishery Day, a visit was organized to the fish pass of Açude da Formoselha on April 21, under the project "LIFE Águeda - Actions of conservation and management of migratory fish in the Vouga watershed "(LIFE16 ENV / PT / 000411), which was followed up by researchers from the University of Évora / MARE. The fish pass of Açude da Formoselha was built in 2015 on the Mondego river, under the project "Rehabilitation of diadromous fish habitats in the Mondego watershed", one of four passages for naturalized fish built in this basin to restore river connectivity and allow the migratory movements of the fish that occur in it.