"Krafttag ål" is a program for eel preservation between seven hydropower companies and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management. "Krafttag ål" runs between 2011-2013, with a budget of 18.5 million SEK. Within the program direct measures are carried out, as well as research and development projects.

In March 2010, a voluntary declaration of intent from six hydropower companies and the Swedish Board of Fisheries was signed. The fundamental idea of the letter of intent was that measures must be carried out where they are most useful. Vattenfall Vattenkraft, E.ON Vattenkraft, Fortum, Statkraft Sverige, Tekniska Verken i Linköping and Holmen Energi fund the measures. Examples of measures are trap and transport of migrating eels pass hydropower stations and stocking of glass eel in areas with no fishery and hydropower stations.

In order to make cost-effective measures for spawning migrating eel from freshwater habitats, more knowledge and facts are needed. The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, Vattenfall, E.ON, Fortum, Statkraft, Tekniska Verken, Holmen Energi and Karlstad Energi finance the research and development projects. Examples of projects are a model tool to predict turbine mortality for migrating eel and understanding of downstream migration timing of eel.

För more information about the project, please contact
Sara Sandberg, Elforsk 
Erik Sparrevik, Vattenfall

Note: Krafttag is a Swedish word for push or effort. Kraft also means power.

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