An invasion of jellyfish is observed in the Dnieper River – Association of Fishermen

In the Dnieper reservoirs, sea fish needle and small jellyfish have become habitual inhabitants! – Association of Fishermen of Ukraine

We could never even imagine that sea inhabitants could live in the Dnieper. But, alas, these are the realities of today … And there are explanations for this.

– Only in the memoirs of the classics the Dnieper remained “wide” and “mighty”. Having blocked the river with dams, they killed it, depriving it of the natural flow. Over all these years, the cascade of Dnieper reservoirs has developed its own ecosystem, different from the river one, says the head of the Association of Fishermen of Ukraine Alexander Chistyakov – Man is to blame for all the troubles of the oldest river in Europe! On the shores there are megalopolises, metallurgical, chemical giants with their plums.

The Land and Water Code clearly regulate the distance of the protected coastal area, where economic activity, except for recreation, is strictly prohibited, despite this, the fields are close to water bodies and after heavy rains, all chemistry from them enters the water bodies. Through drainage channels, small rivers, it enters the Dnieper reservoirs. We add to this the fact that virtually all car washes dump their production waste into storm drains, through which, bypassing the treatment facilities, this dirty water, saturated with automotive oils and auto chemicals, and most importantly with phosphates, freely flows directly into the Dnieper. This is not a complete picture of the ugly attitude towards the main river of Ukraine, from which 2/3 of its population drinks water. According to scientists, the water in the reservoirs resembles a cocktail from the entire periodic table. Thanks to all this, the salinity of the water increased, which made it possible for the inhabitants of the sea estuaries to settle in the cascade of the Dnieper reservoirs.

If three years ago igloo fish and some species of gobies could to be found only in the Dnieper Delta and on the Kakhovskoye reservoir. Today they are found in abundance right in the bays of the capital.

As for the small jellyfish, it is Craspedacusta sowerbyi or Amazonian freshwater jellyfish from South America. A few years ago, you could see single specimens of it, but in this one you swim like in jelly in some bays. This jellyfish is an alien. It is not characteristic of our domestic nature, most likely, it got into the waters of the Dnieper from someone’s aquarium. This species comes from real jellyfish, is similar to them in structure and also has tentacles, that is, it is a real, full-fledged jellyfish, albeit somewhat reduced from its marine relatives.

The appearance of marine life in the Dnieper waters speaks of the catastrophic state of the Dnieper. They can be found in the capital’s water area right under the “windows” of the Verkhovna Rada, and this is a vivid demonstration of an inappropriate attitude towards the greatest river in the country.

– It should also be said that the Dnieper is catastrophically overgrown and shallow. Only in the capital’s water area there are 57 shoals, which in three, five years may turn into islands, if no urgent measures are taken – they say in the Association of Fishermen of Ukraine.

Press Service of the Association of Fishermen of Ukraine

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