By John Smith • 02 September 2021 • 12:26
One of the Biohuts in the harbour
Credit: By and Havn
COPENHAGEN harbour hosts 50 fish hotels in association with WWF and now plans to install a further 50.
These fish hotels which are known as Biohuts are considered by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) as the ideal way of protecting fish and promoting biodiversity in harbours around the world.
Basically, Biohuts are steel cages, which contains a small lattice box filled with empty oyster shells where algae and small organisms can grow, the space attracts smaller fish to eat and shelter from attack from larger fish.
By and Havn (City and Port) is an organisation jointly owned by the Danish Government and Copenhagen Council and it is responsible for the running and development of Copenhagen harbour.
Pleased with the fact that the harbour is both clean and attractive to marine life, the company is planning to install a further 50 Biohuts which will give it a world record for the number of fish hotels in a single place, with each Biohut expected to last at least 10 years.
It is hoping to obtain funding from companies for 45 of these new underwater constructions and already local sightseeing firm Stromma has agreed to help fund the installation of 20 but individuals have the opportunity to win and name one of five in an online Instagram competition.
Those interested simply need to take a photograph on the theme of being supportive of the sea and the harbour and uploading to Instagram #SammenOmHavetiHavnen before September 14.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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