As part of 2019 International Year of the Salmon
the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory is holding an Open Day
15th June 2019, Atholl Palace, Pitlochry from 10am
To mark this worldwide event, the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory in Pitlochry will be holding its second, drop-in family science Open Day on 15th June 2019 at the Atholl Palace in Pitlochry.
Dr Ronald Campbell of The Tweed Foundation will be providing his Buckland Lecture – “A History of Salmon Management in the British Isles” at the event in the Atholl Palace at midday. All welcome and a free event.
The Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory day will include:
- Electrofishing display and demonstrations – the “magical” way that fish can be captured using electricity.
- Invertebrate identification – what fish eat and what kinds of insects live in our rivers.
- Tagging display – how we find out where fish travel to.
- Salmon genetics – the fish version of “Who do you think you are”.
- Fish biology – what the inside of a salmon looks like and and what each part of the fish does.
- Scale reading – how we find out how old a fish is by reading its scales.
- Fish traps – why we trap fish and what it tells us.
- Fish counters – how and why we count fish in rivers.
- Climate change – how we use technology to predict the effects on fish populations of rising water temperatures.
Through a series of stalls, posters, videos, demonstrations, presentations and interactive games we will take you on a journey that explores the history of salmon, it’s biology, modern day threats to survival and the research we are doing to provide advice to Scottish Government to conserve salmon.