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Levels of Arctic charr to be boosted in lakes.

A THREATENED fish population has been boosted after hundreds of Arctic charr were released into two North Wales lakes.

The joint project between Environment Agency Wales and Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) saw 500 fish introduced into Llyn Padarn, Llanberis, and a further 500 released into Llyn Crafnant, near Trefriw in the Conwy Valley.

And 500 more fish will be released into each lake later in the year. Arctic charr can only be found in a few cold, deep lakes in North Wales where they have developed into distinct populations.

But declining numbers of the charr (also known as the torgoch) in Llyn Padarn are causing fears for their future. It is the third year in a row that charr have been introsaid duced to Llyn Crafnant after an assessment by the Environment Agency Wales and Countryside Council for Wales in 2009 concluded that the Llyn Padarn charr population was under threat.

Last year, more than 6,800 charr were released into Llyn Crafnant and 800 into Llyn Padarn, after being hatched at Mawddach Hatchery, near Dolgellau.

The hatchery has also reared the 2,000 charr to be released this year.

David Edwell, North Wales area manager for Environment Agency Wales, said: "The Arctic charr need a good habitat to thrive. Setting up the secondary population is a safety net but we are determined to find a way to improve the conditions at Llyn Padarn so they can continue to inhabit the lake."


* Young Arctic Charr have been released into two North Wales lakes
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 12, 2012
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