The Association of Rivers Trust hosted the 15th International Salmonid Conference last week at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts. The four day conference focussed on the future and management of Trout and Salmon at both the local and international level.
Two days of presentations and scientific paper, incorporating case studies on the River Tyne and post industrial recovery of Salmonid rivers, marine issues and climate change, fisheries management, and river basin challenges, were followed by a day and a half of field visits.27 papers were given with speakers coming from Norway, Spain, USA and Ireland as well as from across the UK.
Tweed Foundation Biologist, Dr Ronald Campbell, gave a presentation on 'Fisheries Management – 15 Years on the Tweed' and the Tweed Foundation also hosted one of the field trip day options to see some traditional net and coble netting on the lower River at Paxton. The Foundation uses one of the few remaining Tweed netting stations to obtain a fish sample for tagging and returning to the River as part of its on-going Exploitation Study. The trip also included a visit to the world-famous Hardy Fishing Museum in Alnwick and a short afternoon tea stop at Heatherslaw Mill on Ford & Etal Estates on the River Till (a Tweed tributary) where Dr Campbell gave a short talk on Tweed Trout catches. Other field trips visited habitat improvements and education projects on the River Eden in Cumbria and a smolt trap and hatchery on the River Tyne.
The event attracted a capacity crowd, with around 200 delegates attending. The International Salmonid Conference is normally held in North America and this was the first time the prestigious event had been held in the UK.
Proceedings from the event will be available shortly from: