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Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic

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May 20, 2009: Going fishing?

I regularly meet with the Kwinana electrical staff team as part of my work routine. They are a great bunch of blokes who are always willing to share their varied views on life. They inquire as to what I shall actually be doing in the Czech Republic. I explain how I will take water and soil samples, measure and evaluate tree sizes, and catch fish in order to assess how the sustainability strategies are working. The fact that I may be in the Czech Republic catching fish opens up an extraordinary loud and protracted discussion for some reason. I explain these streams and reservoirs were fishless for almost 40 years. As part of the strategy of reintroducing the fish populations, a complex study has been underway since 1995 to develop an essential foundation to assess sustainability and survival of the fish population. I also add that professional fisherman will actually catch the fish and that I will be part of the team that will help to analyze biological parameters (weight, length, etc.) and then return the fish to the water. There are still loud mutterings about taking a trip to go catch fish.

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