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AUA ACE Reintroduces Brown Trout into Armenian Streams and Rivers

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YEREVAN, Armenia – The American University of Armenia (AUA)’s Acopian Center for the Environment (AUA ACE)’s recent efforts to reintroduce the brown trout population into Armenian streams and rivers recently gained coverage by CivilNet.

AUA ACE, with support from the German Organization for International Cooperation (GIZ), conducted an extensive survey of the physical and chemical properties of 22 rivers and streams in seven provinces of Armenia in order to determine the suitability of the rivers for the reintroduction of the brown trout population. Villagers were also involved in some of these tests. “It’s amazing to see how ordinary citizens can become instant scientists, engaged and actively analyzing results,” says Alen Amirkhanian, director of AUA ACE.

The findings of the study indicated that many rivers should be habitable for brown trout. AUA ACE is now preparing to begin the reintroduction of the brown trout population through a pilot program in Kalavan village. The coverage by CivilNet may be viewed here.

The AUA Acopian Center for the Environment (AUA ACE) is a research center of the American University of Armenia. AUA ACE promotes the protection and restoration of the natural environment through research, education, and community outreach. AUA ACE’s focus areas include sustainable natural resource management, biodiversity and conservation, greening the built environment, clean energy and energy efficiency, as well as information technology and the environment.

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