Finding Torgoch – Local School Learns About Artic Charr

Torgoch or Artic Charr are an iconic fish species in Llyn Padarn, Llanberis in north Wales; one of only three natural populations in Wales. They are under threat from several human influences and are a symbol of a clean, healthy environment. This aim of this Project, funded by the Greggs Foundation, is to raise the profile and awareness of Torgoch with local schoolchildren and visitors and use it as an iconic symbol to help achieve a clean and healthy environment.
To help protect and improve charr populations in the lake, Natural Resources Wales capture some of the spawning adults and rear the eggs and young fish to stock back into the lake. Some of these eggs were also looked after in a tank in the local primary school. The Project is being led by Dr Robin Parry who is a Trustee and chairman of the Seiont, Gwyrfai and Llyfni Fishing Society as well as a local GP.
It was recently a big day as the charr that have hatched in Ysgol Penisarwaun were taken back to Llyn Padarn. Each pupil had a cup of fry to gently re-introduce to their historic home and as the picture shows everyone was very excited. Many thanks to all who helped and in particular the pupils and teachers who said they woulsd remember this forever. Also thanks to everyone at Natural Resources Wales for there help and advice.

Reporting an environmental incident

To report an environmental incident such as suspected poaching, pollution or wildlife crime, the dumping of hazardous or industrial waste and illegal abstraction from watercourses etc, call Natural Resources Wales’ incident hotline on 0300 065 3000 (24 hour service).

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The Rivers Trust
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