Session A3: Cipriber Project: Actions for the Protection and Conservation of Iberian Cyprinids of Community Interest

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González, Rosa Huertas; Marcos, Carlos
Aquaculture and Fisheries; Hydraulic Engineering
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Abstract:In recent years many studies have pointed out a decline in the populations of some threatened fish species in Duero and Tagus basins as well as an increase in distribution of invasive species. Mostly, this is due to river habitat deterioration by existing pressures over the river courses.In order to protect and provide the basis for the recovery of these populations, the Duero Basin Authority as coordinating partner, and with the collaboration of the Tagus Basin Authority, the Department of Development and Environment of the Junta de Castilla y León (the regional government) and Natural Heritage of Castilla y León Foundation has promoted a project that has been selected in the 2013 call for the LIFE program.The target species are endemic native cyprinids of Community interest (Sarda, Alagon stone loach, Duero nase, etc...) located in SCIs in the western of the Salamanca province (Spain). This presentation sets out the targets and action lines of the project, among which demolition of obsolete dams and new fish pass passages on weirs in use are basic tools to achieve river habitat conditions that allow a better distribution and population status. Removing existing pressures in water courses and restoring habitat will allow to progress towards good environmental status. The river restoration appears, therefore, as essential instrument to achieve an improvement of biodiversity. Other important objectives are the development of a breeding protocol to offset the current regression status, improve the scientific and technical knowledge on these species and define a fish and water management program.The project also has an important content of dissemination, communication and public participation as key elements to address some actions for longitudinal continuity recovery as dam removal, since some groups such as councilors, anglers, etc. are still reluctant to this kind of measures.