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.

Fish migration aid for the Ybbs-Persenbeug power station

Ybbs-Persenbeug on the Danube is Austria's oldest Danube power station. Completed in 1959, the power station was built at a narrow point in the Nibelungengau. The advantage of the location was that the construction made a dreaded spot for shipping less dangerous. Passability for fish means the challenge of finding a safe and functional bypass in a limited space. The fish migration aid runs in the vicinity of the power plant on the south side of the Danube (right bank).

Within sight of Ybbs-Persenbeug, at the Ybbser Scheibe, VERBUND constructed fish-friendly bank structures as part of the LIFE+ Network Danube project. Gravel islands and near-natural banks provide habitats and spawning grounds. The Ybbs-Persenbeug fish migration aid will increase the benefits of these spawning zones and enlarge the habitat.

In the picture, the Ybbs-Persenbeug Danube power station is visible from the air from the downstream side. While the beautiful landscape with many forests and the course of the dark blue Danube can be seen in the background, the village of Persenbeug shines in the sunshine on the right. In the background you can still see the blue sky above the landscape.