From: Reuters
Published August 14, 2009 07:26 AM

Seining Salmon in the Seine?

Salmon are returning to the Seine after an absence of almost a century as water in the river that runs through Paris has become cleaner in recent years, French scientists said.

Once numerous in the river, Atlantic salmon disappeared from the Seine in the early 20th century, partly due to pollution from Paris sewers.

But scientists celebrated an improvement in water quality in the Seine that has tempted the protected species back to Paris.


"There has been a turning point. The improvement in water quality has meant that salmon have returned to the Seine," Charles Perrier of the National Institute for Agronomic Research told Reuters.

The National Federation for French Fishing estimated that about 1,000 salmon are present in the Seine.

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