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September 6
September 1
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August 28
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August 26
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Postconference Excursions

Fisheries-oriented excursions

1. South Moravia – Pohorelice Fisheries and Nove Mlyny water works

Guided by Z. Adamek – Institute of Vertebrate Biology AS CR 

Date:    Friday, September 18
Price:   75 EUR 
Time:   15 hours, including the journey from and to Prague

The price includes bus transfer, an English speaking guide and refreshment in a wine cellar – lunch is not included in the price.  A minimum of 15 pax is required for this tour to take place.

Pohorelice Fisheries  
The company operates on 1614 ha of ponds with the annual fish production amounting to approx. 800-1000 kg per hectare. Besides common carp (Cyprinus carpio), which represents about 85% of total production, also silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix), bighead carp (Aristichthys nobilis), grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), tench (Tinca tinca), zander (Sander lucioperca), European catfish (Silurus glanis) and pike (Esox lucius) are farmed in the company ponds. In a lesser extent, also ornamental fish (koi carp, golden ide, goldfish) and riverine fish (ide, Leuciscus idus, asp, Aspius aspius, roach, Rutilus rutilus, rudd, Scardinius erythrophthalmus, barbel, Barbus barbus, nase, Chondrostoma nasus) including protected species (stone loach, Cobitis taenia, minnow, Phoxinus phoxinus, weather fish, Misgurnus fossilis) are produced mainly for restocking purposes. The excursion will focus upon one of the farms (Velký Dvůr) with hatchery, various types of ponds, indoor ornamental fish culture and storage ponds.
Nove Mlyny water works  
The water works built in 80s and 90s of 20th century consist of three parts. So far, thirty-four fish species have been recorded in the upper (Musov), middle (Vestonice) and lower (Nove Mlyny) reservoirs, of which seventeen reproduce naturally. Several species are stocked artificially – pike, asp, common carp, grass carp, silver carp, bighead carp, European catfish, zander and eel.  In the fish assemblage, white bream, roach and ide dominate. Fishery management of the upper and lower reservoirs is provided by the Moravian Anglers Union, whilst the Pohorelice Fisheries Company is the responsible manager on the middle reservoir. The mean annual angling yield from the reservoirs (including commercial catches) amounts to 187 kg per hectare. Of this amount, common carp and predatory fish species make 83.9 and 6.1 %, respectively. These figures indicate a high selectivity of angling which requires a continuous re-stocking. All three reservoirs are well known as a site with trophy size fish, which makes them very attractive to the local and foreign anglers. The record-sized fish are represented by common carp (up to 32 kg), European catfish (up to 75 kg), pike (up to 20 kg) and zander (over 10 kg).
In the surroundings of the water works, there is the UNESCO Pavlov Hills Biosphere Reserve and the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape registered on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List.


07:30     Departure Clarion Congress Hotel, Prague
11:00 – 13:00    Pohorelice Fishery with the Velky Dvur farm
13:00 – 14:00   Lunch
14:00 – 15:00    Sightseeing of Nove Mlyny water works
15:00 – 17:30    Lednice Castle and Park
17:30 – 19:00   Refreshment in a wine-cellar
19:00    Departure
22:30    Arrival Prague


2. South Bohemia  – Protected Landscape Area around the town of Třeboň, the centre of fish pond culture of the Czech Republic

Guided by Hule M. – water resources officer

Date:    Friday, September 18
Price:   62 EUR
Time:   13 hours, including the journey from and to Prague

The price includes bus transfer, an English speaking guide and entry fee to the Trebon Town Monument.  A minimum of 15 pax is required for this tour to take place.

The Protected Landscape Area, located approximately 100 km south of Prague and extending along the border with Austria, has been influenced by man for centuries. Many valuable parts of this flat landscape are protected as natural reserves. The large pond network together with secondary formed littoral coenoses is an important breeding site and migration stop for water birds. The significance of rich wetlands and water vegetation, recognised internationally, resulted in their protection by the Ramsar Convention.

The excursion will be focused on the largest Bohemian pond named Rozmberk. This pond was built on the Luznice River about 6 km north of Trebon by the famous pond-designer Jakub Krcin in 1584–1590. Its surface area of this pond reaches almost 500 ha and the impressive dam, planted with oak trees, has 55-m-thick foundations. The dam height is 11.5 m and the length 2.5 km. The Rozmberk pond was the last of major water works and completed the pond network designed by Stepanek Netolicky, who built also the 42 km long Zlata Stoka artificial channel that feeds the fish ponds with water from the Luznice River. The pond network consists of  500 individual ponds and covers a total area of 7,500 ha. Since the  14th century, almost half of fish production of these pond region has been exported. Currently, the annual fish production of the Fishery Group Trebon marketed by the Fish Market a.s., amounts to 2,900 tonnes (common carp, 92%).


08:30     Departure Clarion Congress Hotel, Prague
11:00 – 13:00   Excursion to the Rozmberk pond;
introduction to the history of local fish pond culture
13:00 – 14:00   Lunch
14:00 – 17:30   Visit of the Trebon Town Monument Reserve,
including the permanent exhibition "The Countryside and people"
17:30 – 19:00   Sightseeing of the pond network
19:00    Departure
21:30    Arrival Prague