Summarising some of the work that The Tweed Foundation has undertaken over the preceding month….
Electro-fishing began with the quantitative sites on the Whiteadder, Eye, Leet and Eden that are used for both our long-term monitoring and by SEPA for the Water Framework Directive. Follow-up electro-fishing surveys were made of the Eller, Otter, Greenhope, Kidcleuch and Cockholm burns to check on the possible effects of obstacles on their spawning runs. The large channel electo-fishing site on the Blackadder, where takeable-sized trout are monitored, was re-sampled. There were two fish rescues where stream channels were being diverted, on the Gala and on the Eddleston Waters. Several attempts were made to get a PIT tag detector loop working on the new fish pass at the Murray Cauld on the Ettrick, for the fish tracking work planned for the Autumn, but it looks as if interference from the turbines may prevent it from working. Further progress was made in reading the backlog of Sea-trout and Brown-trout scales.
Presentations & Education: Border Union Show (N Yonge, R Campbell, K Galt); “Raiders of the Park” Hawick (R Campbell, K Galt)
Meetings Attended: MSS Offshore Stakeholders (R Campbell)
Courses Attended: RAFTS River Geomorphology course (J Hunt)
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.