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Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus)

In clear watered streams and lakes in northern Lapland lives a slender and beautiful salmonoid fish called arctic char. Arctic char also reside in the waters of Vuoksi, although their habitat has shrunk. Arctic char are separated into two forms based on their colouring and migrating habits, large arctic char and small arctic char. It is unclear whether the two forms are subspecies or local forms of the same species. The arctic char is a tasty and highly appreciated salmonoid fish, which is best enjoyed fresh, as it keeps poorly. However, while fishing for it, one should remember that it is on Finland’s endangered species list.

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