Lake Ohrid stocked with a hundred thousand units of Ohrid Trout

Lake Ohrid with offspring of endemic Ohrid trout....

Minister of Agriculture , Forestry and Water Management Ljupco Dimovski today in Ohrid attended the stocking of the lake with the offspring of endemic Ohrid trout .

In the lake waters were omitted hundred thousand trout offspring from this year’s spawning, nine months from fertilization of the roe and six months of age , with an average weight of 2 and 2.5 grams and length between six and eight millimeters .

- This is a regular activity according to the Law on Fisheries and Aquaculture , in which the state is responsible for stockingbased on fishing grounds prepared by competent authorities . In that process of stocking since 2006 the lake was stocked with about 14 million units for what were invested funds in the amount of about 35 million denars, Dimovski said .

For this , he explained that provided are approximately 2.1 million units Ohrid trout , the activity will be completed by the end of the next month .

In order to better protect the fish fund , this year was chosen concessionaire , who in addition of rights has additional responsibilities.

- The obligation of the concessionaire is to take care of the lake , fish fund , especially about the number and age of the fish . The state has the obligation , in cooperation with institutions authorized by artificial spawning to make stocking on Macedonian side of the lake, Minister Dimovski said .

He stressed that in parallel with the activities carried out in this regard by the authorities of the Republic of Macedonia , such stocking is performed on the Albanian side too.

- Based on the discussion of the Ministries , intensified communication , cooperation is set on fertile ground, and we expect agreement for coordinatedstocking of the lake , as well as greater control in the fishing, Dimovski said .

Riste Tanasoski , owner of Company " Trout 2012" which manages the lake , said that from the acquisition of the concession with fish fund, fish poaching on the Macedonian side of the lake has been reduced by at least 90 percent .

- We believe that with such intense physical protection of the lake conducted ribochuvarskata service " Trout 2012" in collaboration with all stakeholders in charge of the process , will increase fish fundof Ohrid trout in the lake, " Tanasoski said.

The process of artificial spawning of trout in the lake was first conducted in the winter spawning season in 1934/35 year , simultaneously with the establishment of Hydrobiological station in Ohrid and itsinstallations . For this purpose later were established another two hatcheries in 1960 in Sum in Struga and in Tusemiste in Albania . Since 2004 artificial spawning of Ohrid trout for stocking in Albanian is performed in hatchery in Lin village .

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