And if Vauban had been a gardener

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Clou de jalonnement circuit Vauban


From garden to garden, these marker studs show us the way to go, with the Place Abbatucci as a start and finish point.

The Huningue imperial fish-breeding farm

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I would have loved to have participated in this first fish-farm experience in Huningue where it made the art of fish-breeding into a science. I would have rattled my brain to repopulate all our waters with trout, salmon, graylings and other freshwater fish by sending full crates all over the country full of fertilised and ready-to-hatch eggs.

And the most beautiful specimens raised in my ponds of pure water would all have ended, not on the King’s table, but on those of the too-often undernourished French population!

Vauban jardinier : illustration Pisciculture Impériale de Huningue


Pisciculture Impériale de HuningueThe history of fish-breeding

In 1852, under the reign of Napoleon III, the Huningue imperial fish-breeding farm was built on the Au site, in the heart of the present-day Alsace Petite Camargue. It was the first industrial fish farm in Europe and benefited not only from quality water from the groundwater table but also from the proximity of the Rhine and its tributaries which at the time were full of fish and which provided millions of eggs. Incited by the government, these eggs were intended to repopulate the French and European waterways.

Today this fish farm participates in repopulating the Rhine within the framework of a program to reintroduce salmon. 300,000 varied-origin salmon eggs are incubated each year just like a small number of river trouts.


The Alsace Petite Camargue

logo Petite Carmargue alsacienneSince 1982, the Au marshes, rare witnesses to the Rhineland jungle, have become the first protected nature reserve in Alsace, and since 1952 commonly referred to as the Alsace Petite Camargue.

The reserve spreads out over 904 hectares and is home to an Initiation Centre to Nature and the Environment (CINE), the “Saumon 2020” fish farm as well as a base for research and species monitoring, in partnership with the University of Basel and the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS) of Strasbourg.

+ Petite Camargue alsacienne

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