Let’s meet some of the endemic fish species that live in the main course of #Aoos river and its tributaries!
Briána (Barbus prespensis), Chondrostoma vardarense, Pindus Stone Loach (Oxynoemacheilus pindus), Salmon Trout (Salmo faroides), Aoos’ Chub (Squalius sp. Aoos), Schneider (Alburnoides bipunctatus) and the Albanian Roach (Pachychilon pictum)!
Fish species are important not only as bio-indicators for inland waters but also as a resource and natural heritage for the local communites living around the river.
According to the #Greek Red Data Book, Briana, Pindus Stone Loach and the Salmon Trout are vulnerable.
One of their main threats is the construction of #river dams. River dams block fish from moving along their natural pathways between feeding and spawning grounds.
In the Aoos river basin, hydropower plants are planned for construction.
The study on Aoos fish fauna was conducted by Pindos Perivallontiki and Greek scientists, in the framework of the project ‘Saving one of Europe’s last free flowing wild river – Vjosa/Aoos’. MedINA and Pindos Perivallontiki are the main Greek partners of the project.
MedINA and Pindos Perivallontiki are the main Greek partners of the project ‘Saving Europe’s last free flowing wild river – Vjosa/Aoos’.