Not extinct: Researchers rediscover rare breed of fish

  • During a fish-finding scientific expedition this rare species of fish - lake trout – was rediscovered in Javakheti region, Georgia. Photo by the National Environment Agency., 14 Aug 2015 - 16:30, Tbilisi,Georgia

A rare species of fish thought to be extinct in Georgia has been rediscovered.

Experts from the National Environment Agency found lake trout while on a special fish-finding mission in southern Georgia’s Javakheti region.

The scientists were from the Agency’s Fishery and the Black Sea Monitoring Department.

This was an extremely significant find, said the Ministry of Environmental Protection. It claimed this type of fish had not been found in Georgia in the past 20-25 years and was subsequently considered extinct.

"Research has revealed that this type of fish is a classical form of lake trout (Salmo Lacustris Var Romanovi),” the Ministry said in a special statement yesterday.

The rare fish was returned to its home environment alive by officers of the Agency after it was caught and examined.

Looking ahead future research will be carried out to hopefully find and identify other rare breeds of fish throughout Georgia, noted the Ministry.