Summarising some of the work that The Tweed Foundation has undertaken over the preceding month….
Management Plan: Salmon catch data and scales were collected up and analyses begun. The October piscivorous birds count was finally made, after having been cancelled twice due to the weather. Reports were produced on the regular Salmon fry surveys, made this year on the Whiteadder, Eye, Leet and Eden; data from the season’s trout catch logbooks was entered and analyses begun and the new log books for next season produced. Brown trout scale-reading and database entry continued and a Grayling scale database was created. The report on the annual monitoring of Ettrick and Yarrow trout burns was completed and the latest TTGI newsletter produced.
Investigations: There was a final session to radio-tag fish at the Philiphaugh cauld and boat-tracking of fish from Ettrickmouth to Mertoun. The receiving equipment at the cauld was maintained and downloaded. A walk-over survey of the Glenrusco Burn to find reasons for poor electro-fishing results was made.
Presentations & Education: The Walton Angling Club, Edinburgh (K Galt); RTC Commission meeting (J Hunt).
Consultancy: Reports on EIAs for windfarms and other consultancy projects were completed.
Meetings Attended: RTC Quarterly Commission meeting (R Campbell, J Hunt): MSS Offshore renewables meeting, Perth (R Campbell).
Courses Attended: SFCC fish modelling (R Campbell).
Wishing all our readers and supporters a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year
Further information on The Tweed Foundation, including detailed reports and the full Tweed Fisheries Management Plan can be found on its dedicated website.