The area

The area covered by Local Action Fisheries Group “High Western Rhodopes” comprises the administrative territory of three municipalities – Batak, Devin and Dospat. The Fishing Area (FA) is Bulgaria’s leader in trout production. Almost the entire national quantities of rainbow trout is produced here, which on its own forms about half of the aquaculture produce of Bulgaria. The Fishing area is also a leader in the production of Balkan trout, which is naturally occurring in the country and is an attractive object of sports and leisure fishing. With its beautiful dams and emblematic rivers, which are popular for recreation and leisure fishing as well as for fishing competitions and event, FA “High Western Rhodopes” is by tradition a leading destination for fishing tourism and sports fishing. Preserved nature, numerous tourist attractions, nature phenomena and protected areas have made the fishing area a preferred destination for ecotourism too.