Looking downstream on the River Cree
Looking upstream on the River Bladnoch
Felling of commercial forestry in Galloway Forest Park
Looking upstream on the River Luce
North American Signal Crayfish
The sandy beach at Loch Grannoch
Belted Galloway Cattle, or 'Belties'
Fly fishing on the River Cree
A small upland burn
The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet
A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn
A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee
Starting from now onwards, Marine Scotland will be tagging adult salmon to help increase their knowledge on the impact of coastal fisheries on rivers and their understanding of homing behaviour.
As you will know, salmon can and do migrate thousands of miles from Scotland’s rivers to their feeding grounds, but it is still relatively unknown how they manage to make it back to their natal rivers. Historical tagging projects undertaken by Marine Scotland have shown that some salmon that they have caught and tagged at coastal netting stations have been recaptured in other nets at different locations round the coast.
With the aim of building on previous tagging data and adding to the knowledge of the extent that coastal mixed stock fisheries can impact on different rivers, as well as working towards solving this homing behaviour mystery, Marine Scotland Science is tagging up to 750 adult salmon caught at the Armadale coastal nets in Sutherland with small acoustic tags. A network of receivers is in the process of being deployed around Scotland in principal salmon rivers in order to try and ‘hear’ (detect) these acoustic tags when the tagged fish enter the rivers. On the east and north coast of Scotland, pairs of receivers will be positioned within rivers so that the passage of fish in and out of the river can be monitored. On the west and south coasts, single receivers are being placed in key salmon rivers. It is also proposed that mobile searches of pools will be carried out in order to detect any tagged fish.
We have deployed our one acoustic receiver in the lower River Cree which is now ‘listening’ for pings emitted by any acoustically tagged fish that pass it.
Marine Scotland has also asked for your help. If you catch a salmon with a tag (shown in the photos adjacent to this story) located near the dorsal fin, then please remove the tag by cutting through the plastic cord to remove the acoustic tag (which is the black cylinder). Please note that the colour of the cord may vary from yellow.
Please send the acoustic tag, also with a note of the date and location of where you caught the fish, to:
Armadale Tracking, Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory,
Please also include your name, postal and email (if applicable) address and you will be sent a £20 reward for your effort! It would also be useful if you could include any other information you have about the fish (e.g. photos, length, weight, sex etc.) when you send in the tag. However, please do not delay the safe return of the fish to the water to obtain any such information.