Brioude

Brioude is the site of the museum of the salmon (“La maison du Saumon et de la Rivière”) which combines an aquarium with a laboratory studying the re-population of the river Allier salmon. A total ban on salmon fishing on the river was established in 1994.

Overfished and polluted almost out of existence, the population was almost extinct, but is now slowly re-establishing itself - a far cry from the 19th century when Brioude was one of the main centres of salmon fishery in the country, to the point that local workers wrote into their contracts that they could not be forced to eat salmon more than three times a week!

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