News item | 2010-10-04 | 13:30 PM

Vattenfall officially opens Europe's largest fish ladder

Europe’s largest fish ladder was recently officially opened, close to the German town of Geesthacht, by Schlesweig-Holstein’s Minister-President, Peter Harry Carstensen and Tuomo Hatakka, Head of Business Group Central Europe.

Fish in Elbe River

The 550 metre long waterway consists of 45 pools and helps fish up the 3.5 metres to reach their breeding grounds. A further four stairs have been constructed for eels.

Using transponders, it is now possible to track and document the movement of the fish. The collected data is a valuable research asset.

Experts hope that the fish ladder will help to repopulate the River Elbe with the almost extinct Atlantic sturgeon.

In this way Vattenfall is helping to improve the Elbe River ecosystem. 

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