Fish in Berlin’s Waters

Berlin a city of Waterways … but Fish!?

Berlin started out as a fishing village and to this day anglers are a common sight in Berlin. If you keep your eyes open you will notice them casting their lines from the abutments of the citie’s many bridges or from the bulkheads along the river and canals.

screne shot from fish fauna interactive map of the city of berlin.“Havel Zander” (pike perch from the Havel River) is a local delicacy but Berlin is a big city with an industrial history. Am i the only one who has thought:

What sort of Fish are in Berlin’s lakes, rivers and canals, and … ?

… can you even eat them!?

The table below gives you an idea of what they are catching.

As to the second question … well … yeah, in moderation, and if there has been no recent flooding or large-scale, invasive building construction.

Due to a history of coal powered industry, heating and transportation, environmental mercury levels all over Germany exceed acceptable standards set by health officials¹. As a result, eating large amounts of game and wild fish regularly is not advisable. Organs like livers and kidneys should be avoided altogether.

POPs (persistent organochlorine pollutants), PCB and DDT and its metablolites levels are occasionally above health regulation standards particularly in periods ensuing floods and/or of invasive, shoreline building construction. A list of contaminants tested for since 2015 can be viewed in Berlin Parliament Publication S18-1183² dated May 04 2107. Here too you find more detailed information about testing and information gathering on the subject.

Berlin Catch Statisics 2006-2014 in Kilograms by Year and Species

  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Eel
(Anguilla anguilla)
22.106 20.920 15.953 22.068 18.543 20.352 17.317 15.915 15.705 13.621
Ide
(Leuciscus idus)
81 45 120 105 234 112 160 197 124 137
Perch
(Perca fluviatilis)
13.902 14.765 10.149 14.274 11.192 12.823 11.788 11.562 14.701 12.778
Silver bream
(Blicca bjoerkna)
10.638 11.689 6.245 7.990 13.802 9.564 11.551 15.955 20.645 18.411
Norther pike
(Esox lucius)
6.377 8.123 7.158 6.088 5.184 5.863 6.228 5.620 7.424 6.881
Carp
(Cyprinus carpio)
2.478 2.287 1.870 3.090 3.707 2.751 3.679 3.281 5.114 3.880
Common rudd
(Scardinius erythrophthalmus)
23.931 20.652 28.751 24.291 21.214 28.265 23.070 20.503 10.236 12.648
Burbot
(Lota lota)
25 114 139 181 89 172 340 154 84 72
Asp
(Leuciscus aspius)
5.938 4.402 6.148 6.312 5.750 6.331 5.212 3.104 4.689 4.278
Tench
(Tinca tinca)
3.096 3.080 1.968 1.817 1.220 1.661 1.845 1.796 1.480 1.254
Wels catfish
(Silurus glanis)
1.557 2.954 1.893 1.737 1.341 2.127 1.954 2.407 1.792 2.127
Pike perch
(Sander lucioperca)
16.525 17.668 25.082 18.395 12.779 17.796 13.893 11.839 14.722 13.687
other ** 264 892 4.270 4.193 3.591 3.036 895 315 185 1018
fodder fish*** 123.331 154.964 171.810 165.571 145.836 152.650 98.381 132.061 134.494 126.017

* catch statistics for 2016 are not yet published

** other fish are for example Prussian carp (Carassius gibelio), Eurasian ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernua) and bleak (Alburnus alburnus)

*** fodder fish are unmarketable perch (Perca fluviatilis), common bream (Abramis brama), silver bream (Blicca bjoerkna) and roach (Rutilus rutilus)

Source: Senatsverwaltung für Umwelt, Verkehr und Klimaschutz (in Vertretung – Tidow): “Schriftliche Anfrage des Abgeordneten Dr. Turgut Altug (GRÜNE), ‘Fischarten in Berliner Gewässer'”. In: pardok.parlament-berlin.de. Dated: 04 May 2017. URL: http://pardok.parlament-berlin.de/starweb/adis/citat/VT/18/SchrAnfr/S18-11182.pdf. Last viewed: 18 Jun 2017.

For information about fishing in Berlin contact the Berlin Bureau of Fisheries:
Fischereiamt Berlin
Havelchaussee 149/151
14055 Berlin
Tel.: 030 300699-14
Fax: 030 3041805

¹ Umwelt Bundesamt: “Quecksilber – Risiko für Mensch und Umwelt?”. In: umweltbundesamt.de (Themen). Dated: 04 May 2016. URL: http://www.umweltbundesamt.de/themen/quecksilber-risiko-fuer-mensch-umwelt. Last viewed: 18 Jun 2017.

² Senatsverwaltung für Umwelt, Verkehr und Klimaschutz (in Vertretung – Tidow): “Schriftliche Anfrage
des Abgeordneten Dr. Turgut Altug (GRÜNE), ‘Fischarten in Berliner Gewässer'”. In: pardok.parlament-berlin.de. Dated: 04 May 2017. URL: http://pardok.parlament-berlin.de/starweb/adis/citat/VT/18/SchrAnfr/S18-11182.pdf. Last viewed: 18 Jun 2017.

Image: Screen shot “Fischfauna 2013 (Umweltatlas)”. Published by: Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Wohnen, Württembergische Straße 6, 10707 Berlin. On: fbinter.stadt-berlin.de. Last viewed: 18 Jun 2017.(Link)

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