The Tweed Foundation tags a number of Salmon and Sea-trout each season to monitor the recapture rate by rods (the ‘exploitation’ rate), and undertakes this work with the help of the netting station at Paxton House.
Results from this tagging work are showing that just over half of the recaptures of tagged fish are made within one month of their tagging, and almost 90% within two months. This means that angling catches depend on regular runs of fresh fish coming in, as after just a couple of months in the river fish are unlikely to be caught. This means, in turn, that it is of great importance to preserve the diversity of Salmon within the Tweed catchment so that there are many different populations that return at different times through the year.
To date, we’ve only received information on one recapture this year: a fish that was tagged at Paxton House on the 13th October and was caught at Ladykirk on the 30th October. This fits the pattern that has been found with this tagging work: half of the recaptured fish are caught within a month of their being tagged.
If you catch a tagged fish:
- Please note the tag number, place of capture, and date
- Phone The Tweed Foundation on: 01896 848271
- Or email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
- We offer a small reward for reporting the recapture of tagged fish
Reporting tagged fish to The Tweed Foundation makes a great contribution to this work,
which we hope will result in better understanding and management of Tweed Salmon for everyone’s benefit.