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Springtime For The Råne River - Salmon Fishing in Northern Sweden and the Saving of a River

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The Råne River was a hair's breath away from being exploited for hydro power in 1986. Ten years earlier a government plea had suggested that the river would be dammed. Instead it has lately proven to keep a particularly wild salmon stock that steadily grows in numbers. The first year migrating fish were counted in the river showed an surprising 4000 Salmon and Sea Trout.
This is the story about how the river was saved. Of how fly fishing profile and environmentalist Gunnar Westrin and his friends fought for the future of the river back then, a fierce fight that divided the community along the river. But it is also the story of the future of the river. Only ten years ago, almost nobody fished for Salmon in the river. Now however, a highly adaptive and agile conservations methodology is under development in the river valley and salmon stocks are on the rise.This is the story about how the river was saved. How fly fishing profile and environmentalist Gunnar Westrin and his friends fought for the future of the river back then, a fierce fight that divided the community along the river. But it is also the story of the future of the river. Only ten years ago, almost nobody fished for Salmon in the Råne river. Now however, a highly adaptive and agile conservations methodology is under development in the river valley and salmon stocks are on the rise.
The film was commissioned by the "Salmon Conservation for the Future" - project, a project owned by these entities: Sportfiskarna (The Swedish Anglers Association), Europeiska havs och fiskerifonden (The European Union), Länsstyrelsen Norrbotten (The administrational board of Norrbotten County), Norrbottens kommuner (a unity of municipalities in the county of Norrbotten) and Degerselsbygdens samfällighetsförening (The Organisation for Fisheries Management in the Råne River).
There is also a Swedish version of this film: vimeo.com/granstrand/ranealven

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