This is the first in a series of monthly postings, which summarises some of the work that The Tweed Foundation has undertaken over the preceding month.
- Report writing, including completion of the report on this year’s electro-fishing surveys of the Teviot and Till catchments
- Counting of salmon eggs to establish the fecundity of Tweed salmon continued, material having been obtained from local smokeries.
- Philiphaugh Fish Pass, Ettrick Water The new fish pass at Philiphaugh, on the Ettrick, is now operational and so the fish counter was removed from the old pass to allow it to be blocked off prior to the repair of the cauld next year. Work on the fish counters’ data for the year continued, the time-consuming part of this being the categorisation of each fish recorded as Salmon, Sea-trout or Brown-trout
- Trout Low flows have limited the numbers of trout at the spawning burn trout traps this year. Help was given to a Glasgow University student to collect Sea-trout and Brown-trout broodstock so that juveniles of known parentage can be reared for behavioural studies
- Catch Logbooks Trout fishing logbooks are coming in following the end of the season. Fifty books have been received so far, and their data is being computerised
- Riverworks Reports Two environmental impact reports were produced for out-of-season river works so that any problems that might be caused could be identified and mitigated
- Seminars & Meetings The Tweed Foundation helped represent the Living North Seas programme at the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) Sea-trout working group in Copenhagen
- Lampreys The first draft of the lamprey survey of the lower Tweed and Till commissioned by Natural England was completed and submitted.
- Scale Reading Collection and reading of Salmon and Sea-trout scales continued
Further information on The Tweed Foundation, including detailed reports and the full Tweed Fisheries Management Plan can be found on its dedicated website.