National fish elected2015-05-18
On weekend, Klaipėda announced the results of the National Fish Vote. The winner of the vote was tench.
There were 15 fish competing for the honourable title, including perch, crucian carp, carp bream, roach, salmon, pike, tench, cod, flatfish, wels catfish, zander, European smelt, eel, trout and vimba bream. The candidates for the National Fish Vote list were nominated by various organisations, business people and anglers. A total of about 40 fish were proposed, of which 15 candidates were selected by the vote organisers for the shortlist.
About 15,000 people participated in the National Fish Vote.
The national fish, tench, can grow as long as 60 cm and its weight may reach 7.5 kg. Tench weighing between 0.5 and 1 kg are caught most often. These fish can stand even the most unfavourable living conditions such as oxygen deficiency, increased levels of carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and other hazardous gases and rather acid or saline water. Tench also survives unfavourable water temperatures as it falls asleep when they drop below 40C or rise above 350C. This fish grows quite slowly, feeding on what it finds at the bottom of water bodies. The spawning season is June and July, and the best time of biting is spring and early autumn.
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