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When fishing is a sport

The fish caught were to be thrown back into the river

A competition in sport fishing was held on the Churia river, in Kolkheti National Park.

The tournament was held for the first time this year, and it was dedicated to Valerian Khapava, a local fisherman, who died last year at the age of 90.


About 60 amateur fishermen participated in the event. The winners of the tournament were awarded cups and special prizes. As per the tournament rules, after weighing the fish caught, the participants threw them back into the river.

Kolkheti National Park is located in western Georgia. It is situated on the Black Sea coast line and the Paliastomi Lake basin area. The National Park was created to protect and preserve Kolkheti wetland ecosystems of international importance.

The National Park’s 5 districts are located in the territory of Zugdidi, Khobi, Senaki, Abasha and Lanchkhuti.

According to the 2016 statistics, Kolkheti National Park is ranked 8th by the number of visitors. 8,185 people have visited the National Park since early this year until present.

Initially published: 06.07.2016

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