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MEPs warned over ‘harmful’ effects of hydropower on fish

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EFTTA CEO, Jean-Claude Bel, and General Manager, Janet Doyle, attended the latest meeting in Brussels.
↑ Members of the European Parliament, Mircea Diaconu, Maria Noichl and Ricardo Serrão Santos are pictured with one of the speakers, Ulrich Eichelmann from Riverwatch.

The harmful effects on fish life should be taken into account when public money-funded new hydropower projects across Europe are debated, MEPs have been told.

The latest meeting of the Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environmental Forum heard that hydropower energy is not the perfect solution for the environment or supplying the power needs of the region.

Attended by EFTTA CEO Jean-Claude Bel and EFTTA’s General Manager, Janet Doyle, the gathering in the European Parliament building in Brussels heard different speakers from the scientific community and non-governmental organisations highlight how the presence of dams affects water quality and makes fish migration almost impossible.

The meeting was the latest in a number of events designed to improve communication between the decision makers in Brussels and Europe’s 25 million anglers and is backed by EFTTA and the European Anglers Alliance (EAA).

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