The salmonidae species from Lake Lácar are preserved at the Fish Capture and Breeding Station in the city.
In downtown San Martín, on the Lake Lácar waterfront, in the mouth of Pocahullo Creek, there lies the Fish Capture and Breeding Station. This place has been closed for refurbishment. While guided tours were available, this place let visitors observe the life cycle of rainbow and brown trout, as well as other salmonidae species, from a close distance.
Every winter, in May, these species swim upstream the Pocahullo in order to breed. Even if it has been over a century since they were first introduced, they have become perfectly adapted to local conditions. Their reproduction levels are low as only two eggs, out of the 5,000 spawned by the female, manage to survive.
In addition to this, the practice of poaching has damaged the increase in the population of salmonidae even more. This has been a crucial issue concerning the development of sport fishing in the area as a tourist attraction.
Level of Difficulty: Low
Duration: 1 hour
Recommendations: At present, the Fish Capture and Breeding Station is closed due to maintenance and refurbishing works. However, the venue still represents an attraction, as many visitors come along to see what this eye-catching building is about.There are few fish traps like this one in the world. There are barely three in Japan and one of them is over a hundred years old. This bright idea comes from the North American natives who, in the XIX century would use this method to fish. The San Martín station, which was built with materials such as logs and stone in order to imitate the fish habitat, is an effective tool to take care of and to enhance the use of natural resources.
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