Luga salmon

Support for development of a salmon management plan in the Luga river


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*Latest developments and interesting presentations​ can be explored in the Events page of the BASE Project*

Latest developments

The BASE project has made an inventory of spawning and nursery areas in the river, as well as detection and abundance estimation of juvenile salmons and juvenile salmon fodder base and a description of the composition of ichthyofauna. The project has also carried out a salmon reproduction study in Luga Bay indicating an extremely low population size (2000-3000 spawners a year) as the potential for the river is approximately 10 times higher. 

The main factors affecting the population include poaching, polluted spawning grounds and intensive construction of port in the estuarine area of Luga. 

Mr. Sergei Titov gave a presentation on the project activities in the first meeting of the HELCOM Task Force on migratory fish species​ on 20 January 2014 in Berlin.


The activities within this pilot project will assist the preparation of an inventory of wild salmon and sea trout populations in the Luga river in Russia. The Luga river is one of the most identified rivers that empties to the Gulf of Finland and holds an original wild salmon population that is in need of recovery. The Luga river is also listed by the International Baltic Sea Fishery Commission (IBSFC) as an index salmon river.

The HELCOM SALAR report provides a basis for implementing the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) and its measures pertaining to salmon and sea trout.

In order to promote and ensure that the recommendations of the SALAR project and the HELCOM BSAP would materialize also in Russia, it is important that a specific action in the Gulf of Finland catchment for the restoration of rivers, such as the Luga river and recovery of its salmon population take place. The Luga river holds an original wild salmon population and is free of migration barriers for ascending salmon. The salmon may hence reach the reproduction areas of the river.  Artificial rearing of salmon and sea trout is currently being performed at Luzhskiy hatchery to sustain the local population of salmonids.

The BASE project provides a platform for communication and development of appropriate solutions in between respective Russian authorities, research and other stakeholder (project owners) involved in the Luga river activities. An important feature of the project is establishing a dialogue and organising information activities with the local communities (incl. local organisations, inhabitants, fishermen).

The pilot activities are implemented by All-Russian Social Organization "All Russian Society of Nature Protection", Leningrad region office (ARSoNP).

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