Summarising some of the work that The Tweed Foundation has undertaken over the preceding month….
Management Plan: Trapping of fish at the Gala fish pass to collect data and validate the fish counter was undertaken by the biological team . Data entry from the trout fishing logbooks from the 2014 season, the trout burn electro-fishing surveys, and trout scale reading programme was started. Data was downloaded from the water temperature recorders, and the annual Technical Review meeting to discuss work undertaken within the Tweed Fisheries Management Plan during 2014, and the forward plan for next year was held.
Investigations: Radio-tagging of fish to check on the efficiency of the new fish pass at the Murray Cauld, Selkirk was carried out as well as setting up the receivers in and around the fish pass and the turbines to track the fish and downloading and analysing the first sets of data.
Presentations & Education: Presentations were made to a study group from the Swedish part of the River Torne (R Campbell, J Hunt, K Galt) and at the Moray Firth Trout Initiative’s “Trout day” at Inverness (R Campbell); Talks were given to the Ettrick SWRI (K Galt) and a requested open meeting for the local community at Ettrickbridge (J Hunt). A schools’ fishing day was held at The Hass fishery near Jedburgh with Earlston High School (K Galt).
Consultancy: Wind farm survey reports were written up (J Hunt); Mossburnford Distillery EIA report analyses and writing up (R Campbell).
Whilst the 2014 Tweed Foundation Auction of autumn Tweed Salmon fishing took place in June, there are a few fishing dates available in November 2014 through the Auction. All proceeds from the Auction go towards helping with the Tweed Foundation’s work, and further details on the 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.