Local Round-Up: Fish kindergartens in the Port of Copenhagen

Biohuts for fish must help ensure more life in the Port of Copenhagen

The kindergarten is a safe place for young fish to eat and hide (photo: Sebastian Niedlich)
June 11th, 2021 8:04 am| by Puck Wagemaker
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On Wednesday, 50 new kindergartens opened in Copenhagen. This time, however, they are not for children, but for small vulnerable fish in the harbour. 

The new fish kindergartens – officially called ‘Biohuts’ – must help to ensure more life in the Port of Copenhagen. The idea is that the fish are raised in a safe environment in the harbour until they are ready to go out to the big sea, according to Bo Øksnebjerg, the secretary-general of the WWF World Wide Fund for Nature.

A safe place for fish to eat and hide
“The biohuts are a kind of kindergarten or hotel for fish, where fish can both eat and be safe from the larger, hungry fish,” explained Øksnebjerg to København Liv.

The kindergartens are made of a steel cage, which contains a small lattice box filled with empty oyster shells where algae and small organisms can grow. The outer steel lattice is made to protect the young fish from larger fish, and the inner lattice with the oyster shells feeds the fish.

More fish in the harbor
There are currently at least 28 fish species in the Port of Copenhagen, but the stock of many fish species is getting smaller and smaller according to Øksnebjerg, who remarked: “The Danish sea is generally under pressure.”

Anne Skovbro, the head of By & Havn, calls the project a very simple way to get more fish in the harbour. “There must be much greater biodiversity [in The Port of Copenhagen]. This is a step in the right direction,” Skovbro told København Liv.

Take a look
The biohuts have been set up on the waterside, but located away from the bathing zone.

We have tried to place them, such as by the bridge next to the harbour bus, so many people can enjoy looking at them,” said Øksnebjerg.


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