29th August – 2nd September 2017, Inverness
The Tweed Foundation’s Dr Ronald Campbell will be taking part in this year’s Salmon Festival in Invernesss at the end of August.
The festival’s extensive programme will kick off with a film night at Eden Court Theatre on Tuesday 29th August. There will be salmon canapés and a series of short films about the fish’s influence on Scotland.
Wednesday, August 30th, sees the official start of the festival with a two-day international conference at Inverness College UHI. The conference is aimed at students, scholars and policy makers and is expected to attract more than 100 delegates, who will hear from industry speakers providing an academic insight into this iconic species. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Atlantic Salmon Marine Ecology – Knowns and Unknowns’.
The conference will be followed by an evening of public lectures at Inverness College UHI on Thursday, August 31st. The lectures will be themed around the natural history of the Atlantic salmon and the history of salmon fisheries in Scotland. Speakers include Professor Eric Verspoor, director of the Inverness College UHI Rivers and Lochs Institute, who will talk about glaciers and the historic origins of today’s Atlantic salmon; Professor Ken Wheelan, research director of the Atlantic Salmon Trust, who will talk about Atlantic salmon at sea; and Dr Ronald Campbell, senior biologist with The Tweed Foundation, who will reflect on the historical patterns of salmon and grilse abundance in Scotland’s rivers. On the same day, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery will run tours for visitors on Alexander Grant, Inverness’ famous, record breaking speycaster.
Grant is also the inspiration for Inverness Angling Club’s Centenary Speycasting Tournament, which takes place on the banks of the River Ness on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September and will celebrate the club’s 100th anniversary. Anglers from across the globe will come to Inverness to compete in the competition, which is being organised with the help of three times world speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie. Thirty-two competitors are already confirmed including Norwegian speycasters Vidar Ness, Geir Hansen and Jarle Strandberg. Junior and female anglers will also compete.
To coincide with the speycasting tournament, the pinnacle of the week for families will be the free Bught Park fair on the Friday and Saturday. Visitors can enjoy the Marine Harvest Theatre Kitchen, featuring cookery demonstrations by top chefs, including how to use Tomatin whisky in salmon cookery, and a salmon barbecue. There will also be a food and craft marquee featuring Scottish exhibitors and children’s activities for local schools such as storytelling with The Creeping Toad, invertebrate trays, electrofishing and casting lessons with coaches from the Scottish Anglers National Association.
Tickets for the conference, public lectures and film night are now on sale via the Scotland’s Salmon Festival Website.
All other parts of the festival are free.
Scotland’s Salmon Festival has been organised by Inverness College UHI in partnership with the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board, Inverness Angling Club, Marine Harvest, cbec eco-engineering, and supported byEventScotland – part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate,, Highland Council, Inverness Common Good Fund, Culligran Estate, the Drumossie Hotel, Ness Castle Lodges, SSE, Tomatin Distillery and Graham’s of Inverness.