Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus)

Conservation status: Critically endangered
Fishing is totally prohibited

Key areas:

• Lake Kuolimo and certain parts of southern Lake Saimaa (incl. Luonteri, Ruokovesi and Yövesi)

Life cycle:

• Lives in lake basins
• Reproduces in the near-shore waters with rocky or gravel bottoms


• The original population lives only in Lake Kuolimo
• In addition to Lake Kuolimo, natural breeding has been found only in the areas Luonteri, Ruokovesi, Yövesi and Kolovesi
• Extremely low genetic diversity
• The arctic char populations cannot endure fishing






The project is co-financed by the LIFE+ -programme (EC)