School kids introduced to Emån and UC4LIFE!

Written by Ivan on . Posted in Communication, Jönköping County, River Brusaån, Schools

A huge bunch of school kids (60) from  Furulundsskolan Elementary (Mariannelund, Eksjö) was introduced into what river restoration and management is all about. The topics: connectivity, habitat improvements, biodiversity. Finally the kids planted some trees by themselves

We salute Emåförbundet, Frida Moberg och Fiskeklubben, thanks!

/ Jakob & Karl-Magnus

Connectivity increase by 100%

Written by Ivan on . Posted in Blekinge County, Communication, River Bräkneån, River Mörrumsån

The major opening ceremony was successfully performed by the Provincial Governor Berit Andnor Bylund and the landowner Mikael Svahn acting jointly with the sun and the many visitors at Tararp, Bräkneån River! Following some refreshments, the whole gang was transported by buss to the second bio-channel built in Bräkneån at Trånhem. As a result, the connectivity in Bräkneån has increased by 100%. Thus, production areas for fish and mussels are today much larger than before the bio-channels were put in place!

Following the outdoor activities, lunch was served and lectures, about experiences gained during the work, including “after-LIFE-plans”, were given by the project crew, locals and invited guests. In contrast to the more obvious aspects of river restoration, eg positive effects on biotic and abiotic variables, one major topic was how river restoration, in both Mörrumsån River and Bräkneån River, might contribute to social and economical development and growth. The event served as the final seminar for UC4LIFE in Blekinge, and was indeed fruitful according to the audience.

Thanks!

Therese, Jonas och Andreas

Read the article in the local newspaper Sydöstran

New juvenile mussels for Fyleån and Klingavälsån 31/08/2015

Written by lea on . Posted in Karlstad University, River Fyleån, River Klingavälsån

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The field season 2015 comes to an end. Last Thursday, Tina, Valentina and me placed out juvenile mussels that have been cultured at the Hemmerstorps mölla lab facility to Klingavälsån and Fyleån. Both streams were habitat restored in 2013 and 2014. Back in time the river was channelized, whereby aquatic habitats were destroyed. Among other reasons, this is why Unio crassus has been extinct in those rivers. The restoration measures brought back the original meanders of the rivers. Post-restoration re-introduction measures of Unio crassus have been taken place as part of our conservation project UC4LIFE. For the current mussel re-introduction we used hole-plates, also called Buddensiek cages. In each hole-plate, juvenile mussels, encaged with gauze nets preventing the small mussels of 300-400 µm to escape, were placed. The cages were then fixed on iron sticks installed on the river bottom. Now, it’s up to the small mussels to survive. Earlier re-introduction trials using Buddensiek cages in Germany or Luxembourg, for example, were successfully rearing mussels with this method. In one year we know more how the Swedish mussels perform it the hole-plates.

/Valentina, Tina and Lea

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