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					Atlas
   The migratory fish
        of the Dordogne basin


                                Sturgeon
                                Allis shad
                                Twaite shad
                                Eel
                                River lamprey
                                Sea lamprey
                                Salmon
                                Sea trout
The migratory fish of the Dordogne basin



Document produced by EPIDOR
September 2004

Concept and editorial
       Olivier GUERRI
Cartography
     Renaud MOUCHE




                                         Summary
      Introduction...............................................pages 1 to 3
              Some historic landmarks (2-3)

      The rivers and the milieux...........................pages 4 to 11
              Waterways and principal landmarks (4-5)
              Legal and reglementary context (6-7)
              Milieux and habitats ((8-9)
              Freedom of circulation (10-11)

      The fish........................................................pages 12 to 27 (?)
              The European sturgeon (12-13)
              Allis shad (14-15)
              Twaite shade (16-17)
              European eel (18-19)
              River lamprey (20-21)
              Sea lamprey (22-23)
              Atlantic salmon (24-25)
              Sea trout (26-27)

      Tracing and restoring the populations.....pages 28 & 29

      The people involved...................................pages 30 & 31

      Bibliography...............................................pages 32 & 33
                                Introduction
The Dordogne is one of the most renowned rivers in Europe for its migratory fish. It holds
every species known in Western Europe: the European sturgeon, Atlantic salmon,
Eruropean eel, allis shad, twaite shad, sea and river lamprey, as well as less frequent
migratory species such as sea trout, mullet and flounder.


Many of these fish are an important economic resource for the river’s professional fisheries
and also for tourist development projects linked to leisure angling. In addition, they represent
a veritable cultural heritage for the riverside inhabitants, who can now sometimes find
migratory fish in spots from which they had disappeared for more than a century.


But above all the migratory species provide a pointer to the quality and ecological continuity
of the waterways and encapsulate the picture of durable management of the rivers. On this
score, they certainly offer the best examples of that good ecological condition sought by the
European Water Directive.       Through the large number of territories and participants they
involve, they also give more prominence to the effort to achieve shared management.


These factors lead everyone involved with the water to work together over the plans for
managing the migratory fish, laid down for the river basins by the Committees for the
Management of Migratory Fish (COGEPOMI). In the Dordogne basin, these plans concern
four administrative regions - Aquitaine, Poitou-Charentes, Midi-Pyreneees and the Limousin
- and six départements: the Gironde, Dordogne, Charente Maritime, Charente, Lot and
Corrèze.


Since 1997, EPIDOR has been charged with getting the management plan under way
through co-ordinating the technical and financial participants and in keeping the participants
motivated.      The Atlas of migratory fish in the Dordogne basin was produced in the light of
this mission.


This document presents scientific, technical, legal and basic administrative data for the
waterways within the basin on the different species and their situation in the Dordogne and
its tributaries.


Henceforth, it is up to each and every one of us to adapt ourselves to the text so as to work
in restoring, preserving and highlighting the value of the exceptional heritage represented by
the Dordogne’s migratory fish.
          Bernard CAZEAU
                Senator
President of the Dordogne Conseil Général
        President of EPIDOR



                                            Sturgeon
                                            Allis shad
                                            Twaite shad
                                            Eel
                                            River lamprey
                                            Sea lamprey
                                            Salmon
                                            Sea trout

				
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