Saramugo (Anaecypris hispanica) is one of the most threatened freshwater fish species in Portugal and in the Iberian Peninsula.
It’s classified as Endangered and as Critically Endangered at global and at nation wide scale respectively. In Portugal saramugo shares the same conservation status as the iberian imperial eagle, and the iberian lynx.
The need to protect it doesn’t relate only with itself. Its conservation status reflects the poor condition of streams saramugo inhabits as well as the other freshwater species that depend on this habitat. When a significant part of the threats to saramugo and its habitat are linked to humans, we have the duty to mitigate these threats.
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In the spring of 2015, the project team sampled the ichthyofauna at 45 sampling stations in the Guadiana basin, following the sampling protocol established by the National Water Authority, within the water framework directive.
Main results of the evaluation of the potential impact of bleak species on saramugo
In order to improve the saramugo habitat, LIFE Saramugo Project completed the silt removal in Ribeira do Vascão to increase the volume of water available in the most critical period (summer).