Koitajoki River Seining Featured

Lauri Hämäläinen seines on Koitajoki, 2022

The Endangered Landscapes and Seascapes Programme is featuring the unique Koitajoki river seining that Snowchange supports. Koitajoki is the only river in Finland where the ancient fishery practice of river seining is still practiced. This World Fisheries Day, Irma and Reino, two of the few remaining practitioners of this endangered tradition, share their story of a changing river and the action they took to restore its depleted whitefish stocks.  

Situated on the Finnish-Russian border, the Koitajoki cross-border river system is known for its unique whitefish population (Coregonus lavaretus), one of the few naturally breeding stocks in Finland. For generations, residents have employed a distinctive method called river seining to catch this special fish, reflecting a longstanding tradition along the Koitajoki banks.

Read the whole story here.

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