Privacy Policy

It is Open Rivers Programme’s policy to respect your privacy and comply with any applicable law and regulation regarding any personal information we may collect about you, including across our website,, and other sites we own and operate.

This policy is effective as of 20 September 2021 and was last updated on 20 September 2021.

Information We Collect

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Galaxes Weir, Portugal

The removal of the Galaxes Weir will increase fish abundance and biodiversity in the surrounding area and restore fluvial connectivity. This will be the first civil removal of an obsolete river barrier in Portugal, and will improve habitat conditions of endangered fish species.


The Algarve is the most Southern and driest region of Portugal. The Odeleite stream is partially within Caldeirão SCI and not far from a national Protected Area (Guadiana Valley) and a Ramsar site (Castro Marim salt marshes). The landscape surrounding the Galaxes Weir is mostly characterized by Mediterranean scrubland and very low population density. The river hosts one of the few populations of the Spanish minnowcarp (Anaecypris hispanica) – the most endangered non-migratory fish species in Portuguese freshwaters, endemic to the Guadiana river basin – and other threatened fish species (Squalius alburnoides, Leuciscus pyrenaicus, Salaria fluviatilis, etc.), possibly including the migratory eel (Anguilla anguilla), as well as several species of riparian birds, and mammals such as the fish-eating otter (Lutra lutra) and the endemic and endangered Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus).

Project context and opportunity

The national authority for Nature and Forests Conservation (ICNF), identified the Galaxes Weir as one of the obsolete barriers to be removed to improve fish and overall biodiversity in the area and restore fluvial connectivity (Bochechas 2014).

This will be the first civil removal of an obsolete river barrier in Portugal, and will improve habitat conditions of endangered fish species. This project is expected to result in several other removals in the catchment, as well as in other catchments, boosting the dam removal movement in Portugal. Recently, another barrier in another stream nearby (Vascão stream), which also hosts the Spanish minnowcarp, was removed by the ICNF.

At a glance

Location Galaxes
Country Portugal
River Odeleite
Km to be opened 7.7
Key habitats River, scrublands
Focal species Anaecypris hispanica, Anguilla anguilla, Lutra lutra, Lynx pardinus
Removal date Early autumn
Project status Ongoing

Project aims

The project will restore the fluvial connectivity of 7.7 km of river, thus constituting a good step towards the conservation of the endangered Spanish minnowcarp and the critically-endangered eel. Also, by restoring the fluvial continuity, and in turn allowing ecological conditions for healthier fish populations, the removal will benefit local fishermen and the economy related to the consumption of freshwater fish, which are appreciated in local gastronomy.

The removal is expected to improve recreational activities in the area including fishing, hiking, and other traditional activities. The project will help develop tourism associated with the nearby Natural Park of Guadiana Valley as well as coastal tourist resorts in the Algarve.

Last but not least, as it will be the first civil barrier removal in Portugal, this project will change the status quo view of dam removals among decision makers in the country.

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