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A dam built on the Tomsa River in Norway more than a hundred years ago has been blown up with dynamite to free up the migratory route for fish there, writes Guardian.

This is a huge step. I am extremely happy to be able to restore the health of the rivers and the fish population

Said Tore Solbakken, a member of the Norwegian fishing association Gudbrandsdal Sportfiskeforenig, which had been campaigning for the removal of the hydroelectric dam for five years.

On Wednesday, experts drilled five deep holes in the structure, into which 20 kilograms of dynamite were placed each. It is unusual in Europe for a dam to be destroyed by blasting, but in this case this method was thought to be the safest.

As planned, the middle and top of the dam shattered. We will be working with excavators now. It’s a massive dam and the full demolition will take days

Solbakken said.

Herman Wanningen, founder of the World Fish Migration Foundation, explained that dams on rivers block fish migration routes. Many fish species, such as sturgeon, Atlantic salmon or eel, swim thousands of miles to reproduce. Dams also drastically change the natural flow of rivers.

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