Fish pass at the VERBUND Danube power plant Ybbs-Persenbeug

Ybbs-Persenbeug, Austria’s oldest Danube power plant, is getting a modern fish pass as part of LIFE Blue Belt Danube Inn.

Ybbs-Persenbeug on the Danube is Austria’s oldest Danube power plant. The power plant completed in 1959 was built at a narrow point in the Nibelungengau. The advantage of the location was that its construction mitigated a risky point to shipping. The challenge of making a power plant passable for fish is about finding a safe and functional bypass in a confined space. The fish pass runs near to the power plant on the south side of the Danube (right bank).
Ybbs-Persenbeug excursion destination
The Ybbser Scheibe lies immediately below the Ybbs-Persenbeug power plant. The reservoir of the downstream Melk power plant also begins there. Within sight of Ybbs-Persenbeug, VERBUND constructed fish-friendly bank structures as part of the LIFE+ Network Danube project. Gravel islands and near-natural banks offer habitat and spawning grounds. The Ybbs-Persenbeug fish pass will strengthen the use of these spawning zones and enlarge the habitat.
LIFE+ Network Danube