On Friday, 15 July 2022, a coordination meeting was held in Třeboň at ENKI, o.p.s. to address the new project entitled "Nature-friendly fish farming as a tool for the protection of valuable pond ecosystems, No. 3211100004". Within the RAGO project supported by the Norwegian Funds and the State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic, which is led by ENKI, o.p.s. and of which FFPW SBU is a co-researcher together with five other partners, the aim is to look at ponds through a different perspective than traditional carp farming. Within the project, alternative fish stocks without market fish production will be tested on 10 chosen ponds. The ponds are of different sizes and are located in three areas: the Třeboň Protected Landscape Area (South Bohemia Region), the Brdy Protected Landscape Area (Central Bohemia Region) and the Slavkovský les Protected Landscape Area (West Bohemia Region).
The project involves four staff members from FFPW SBU and students are actively involved in the project, e.g. in the form of a bachelor thesis. Within the project, the FFPW SBU staff will focus on breeding and early ontogeny of selected fish species (Crucian carp, Common minnows, Gudgeon, Belica, etc.) and evaluation of economic models of alternative pond stocks. It will also be involved in publication outputs, presentation of results and dissemination of the information found. The project will run until April 2024. This year saw the artificial spawning of Crucian carp, and 500,000 pcs of fry which were stocked for farming in four different ponds in two regions.
Written by: Ing. Ján Regenda, Ph.D.