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  • Posted Friday, August 03, 2012

Smith-Root Europe Presents at SOLVE 2012

Dr Martin O’Farrell of Smith-Root Europe recently attended a conference in Vanersborg, Sweden on “The State of Lake Vanern Ecosystem” — SOLVE2012 (www.vanern2012.se). Colleagues from Smith-Root Inc., NINA, Norway and the Directorate for Nature Research, Norway co-authored the presentation entitled “Graduated Field Fish Barriers: last line of defence against invasive fish species and their associated fauna in Europe and North America”.  The conference programme and abstracts are available on www.vanersborg.se/solve.

Lake Vanern is the largest lake in the European Union. Presentations were made on all aspects of the lake’s limnology and ecology. A paper on the landlocked Atlantic salmon (Gullspang) of the lake was also presented by Dr Eva Bergman, University of Karlstad. Dr Bergman will join other Swedish and Norwegian colleagues on a visit to the Pacific North West in September 2012 where they will be hosted by Smith-Root during part of their study tour of hydroelectric/fishery management installations on the Columbia and nearby rivers.

The largest tributary of Lake Vanern is the international river Trysil/Klaralven which fuels hydroelectric stations in Norway(2) and in Sweden (9). Smith-Root has been commissioned by Dr Jon Museth, NINA, Lillehammer to prepare a feasibility report on the application of Smith-Root electric fish guidance technology in the interception and collection of downstream migrating Atlantic salmon smolt and kelt at Sagnafossen and Lutufallet hydroelectric stations on the Trysil River.


About Smith-Root

Founded in 1964, Smith-Root has long been a respected member of the aquatic resource conservation community. We have supplied fish researchers, managers and hatchery personnel with quality fisheries sampling technologies and products over several decades. With on-site manufacturing facilities, Smith-Root produces a full-line of electrofishing, fish guidance, and electrosedation equipment to aid in fish restoration and recovery operations in various aquatic settings.