The Prix Charles Ritz: the recognition of concrete initiatives carried out for the preservation of the environment

For responsible stakeholders that address the improvement of fish habitat in rivers

The Prix Charles C. Ritz is awarded every year to an individual or an association who has, through a particular action, contributed to the water, fishes and rivers protection. This award is granted to concrete initiatives carried out for the preservation of the environment in order to develop the hosting capacity of rivers. It promotes the realisations of a meriting candidate, thereby awarding his efforts, his values and the ingenuity of the implemented project.

Thanks to all these actions and to the results that have been reached, the Prix Charles C. Ritz is entitled to continue the promotion and the sharing of its knowledge on river management technics with fishermen first, but also with people along the shores of waterways, water agencies, local communities, farmers, foresters, scientists, consumers…

Charles C. Ritz visited a tremendous number of rivers throughout the globe, his rod in hand. He knew the deep reasons explaining why the hosting of brown trout is critical for our rivers.

Water streams flowing in front of places are dependent upon actions undertaken by men, upstream or downstream.

What goes on beyond the surface remains silent and far from sight. The hindrances of the river’s potential are only too many, and fish do not carry fur to compete with mammals among the public’s favourite species. Yet, the way we deal with the river tells something about the way we deal with our own environment and life.

The river and its biodiversity are mostly a local reality. It’s all about the water stream that we know and which flows next to us. However, this water stream is part of a catchment, itself part of a coastal river system. And ecosystems meet each other as much as coasts. Water streams flowing in front of places are dependent upon actions undertaken by men, upstream or downstream.

The wild brown Trout not only is a hint as to the water quality, but it is also a sign of life.

As a kingfisher that protects the river & lives from it, being able to find the path to the river, is the experience of an indispensable luxury : being part of an ecosystem.

The Prix Charles Ritz celebrates those people on the ground that take care of our rivers: by building new banks, helping grass beds to grow. By protecting & restoring rivers they protect our ecosystem.