April 2024: the Portuguese and the Czech teams (CIENCIAS-FC.ID and BCCAS) worked together on Meimoa Reservoir (Portugal): according to “Task 3.3. Definition of best capture methodology in small and large reservoir typologies” they tested the most efficient gears and most suitable habitats to catch catfish.

Extended testing is foreseen also in another small reservoir (Belver) and in two large ones (Cedillo and Fratel). Different gears will be implemented (different types of gillnets, trammel nets, or longlines) determining also the periods and spots with higher probability of catfish occurrence.

Results will be analysed considering the efficacy, species selectivity, bycatch of native fish fauna, costs and effort, fish handling and processing once landed.

A best practice document on best catfish capture methodology will be prepared.

A further activity of catfish control in the Portuguese reservoirs (Task 5.3) will be implemented by the same partners, depending on results achieved within this step of the Project.

After both sampling and control campaigns fish will be:

– delivered to professional fishermen to become bait in crayfish traps;

– donated to local NGO-environment to supply vulture feeding stations;

– donated to local NGO for social support to provide food for families in need;

– facilitated to fish flour companies or food processing.