Information on Animals in the Rhine River

Information on Animals in the Rhine River
Looking into the international Rhine River, the power of man's lifestyle and nature's persevering aspects are both observable. Stop to notice the marine life still in existence despite the previously rampant pollution of the Rhine. Pike, salmon, eel, shad and trout swim in the Rhine's waters. Birds like geese and lapwings skim its surface and dip in to hunt their provision. Fish the Rhine for an adventure and a varied catch.

Understanding the Rhine

The Rhine River has been subject to many man-made atrocities that threw it out of balance and almost destroyed its livelihood altogether. The lack of any sort of predatory animals living outside the Rhine River has caused the new life that is coming back to the Rhine to flourish for the time being. Visitors can protect the environment that is just getting back onto its feet by following laws and local ordinances and speaking with other nature enthusiasts before making decisions that might adversely effect the re-emerging ecosystem.

Governmental Protection

Due to the 1986 Sandoz chemical spill in Basel, Switzerland, wildlife in the Rhine was deemed inedible for two decades. Measures have now been taken to preserve the wildlife that remains and is beginning to flourish there. Find out if the area you are hoping to fish at is protected by the Flora, Fauna, Habitiat (FFH) Initiative of the EU or any local, governmental measures before heading out to catch your dinner. Obtain any needed fishing permits from local authorities. Fishing of salmon is off limits as the species is just returning to the river after decades of harsh pollution.

A Fun Challenge with Promise

Find a challenge by fishing on the Rhine due to the swift-moving water. Undertake the adventure of fishing the Rest Rhine, located between Basel and Breisach, Germany, on the French-German border, where at least 36 species of fish inhabit the waters. From rainbow trout, sunfish and stone loach to burbot, roach, silver bream and carp, the plunder is varied but not always plentiful in this area. Permits are sold in the town of Basel as well as Birsfelden, Switzerland.

Article Written By Kristin Lane

Kristin Lane has been writing for over 23 years and has been published on various websites. She graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in liberal studies focused on French, theater and psychology. She did her graduate work in political science at Iowa State also.

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