In 2015 the IES’s researchers Baiba Prūse and Matīss Žagars in cooperation with the researcher from Uppsala University Patrick Ronnback and the researcher from the University of Latvia Didzis Elferts, analysed the economic value of wild salmon in the Ogre River in Latvia. On the 5th of February they will present the results in the 74th international conference of the University of Latvia.
As the previous research shows, because of the low water quality the amount of wild salmon is rapidly decreasing. To ensure existence of the species and develop sustainable conservation strategy an assistance of general public is required. To ascertain the attitude of the local citizens and their willingness to invest in the reintroduction of wild salmon in the Ogre River, the researchers carried the survey of socio-economic factors. They found the average amount of money that each household is willing to pay per year to help to conserve the wild salmon species in the Ogre River. The main research group included anglers/ fisherman, as well as non-anglers/ non-fisherman who are living next to the Ogre River.
The participants of the 74th international conference of the University of Latvia will be able to find out the results and main conclusions of the research.