Summarising some of the work that The Tweed Foundation has undertaken over the preceding month….
Brown-trout scale reading and analyses continued, along with re-organisation of the collection and the selection of scale samples for sex-testing later in the year. Sea-trout scale reading and analyses also continued. Much of the month was taken up with the administration for the electro-fishing surveys beginning in July, with staff taking leave before the field season commences. Jenny Davidson joined the biology team for the second summer running at the end of the month to help with the electro-fishing programme and data recording. Jenny returns to Edinburgh University in September for her third year studying Ecological and Environmental Science.
Consultancy Work / Environmental Impact Assessments: Site visits were made for the EIA for the proposed Jedforest Distillery (R Campbell) and for a micro-hydro scheme on the Kill Burn (Quair W.) (K Galt)
Presentations & Education: Glendale Childrens’ Countryside Day (R Campbell, K Galt) ; Electric-fishing for Peebles Schools (J Hunt) ; Northumberland National Park (K Galt) and for Tweed Boatmen (R Campbell).
Meetings Attended: RTC Quarterly meeting (R Campbell, K Galt) ; Marine Scotland Science Offshore Stakeholders (R Campbell) College Valley Management Presentation (R Campbell)
Courses Attended: SFCC Electro-fishing Team Leader (K Galt) and its refresher (R Campbell)
The 2014 Tweed Auction of autumn Salmon fishing took place in June. There is still fishing in October and November this season available through the Auction, and all proceeds go towards helping with the Tweed Foundation’s work. Further details on fishing dates still on offer can be found here.
Further information on The Tweed Foundation, including detailed reports and the full Tweed Fisheries Management Plan can be found on its dedicated website.