Lachs – quo vadis | The Atlantic salmon project (4K)

The Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is an endangered fish species, formerly occurring in large numbers in central Europe, especially the Rhine and Elbe river in Germany. Due to the degradation of the river bed and habitat for navigation, hydropower, industrialization and agriculture, the salmon population suffered and finally went extinct in the 1950’s. Salmon hatcheries in the open sea lead to a loss of genetic integrity, when stocked salmon interbreed with wild ones. Large efforts are put in to restore the habitat and bring the salmon back.



This film project documents active organizations and people across Germany and Switzerland who are working towards helping this very special fish species return by monitoring, stocking and restoration as well as medial activities.

Further information can be found on

You can contribute to the salmon comeback with a donation at

© Kristof Reuther, Jonas Steiner 2020


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