Please watch out for Pink Salmon on Tweed
July is spawning time for these fish. Unprecedented numbers were caught in Scottish rivers in 2017, including fifteen reports on the Tweed
Breeding males are immediately identifiable because of their humps, as seen above, and they will almost certainly be running milt at this time of year. Their black tongues and heavily spotted tails are also very obvious. Females will show heavily spotted tails and be pinkish-brown on the flanks. They are very uniform in size, reaching only 40 to 60 cms (18 – 24″) in length.
Their spawning zones are in the lower part of main channels, even in tidal reaches or, occasionally, in tributaries well upstream.
Pinks spawn in July – September.
If you see any early or unusual spawning activity in shallow gravel glides and runs on Tweed, please contact the River Tweed Commission (RTC) as soon as possible. Photos or video of the activity would also be helpful.
These Pink Salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) have not come all the way from the Pacific! They were introduced to some Russian rivers around the White Sea in the 1960s and have since spread westwards and have now colonised some northern Norwegian rivers. There is also an introduced population in Newfoundland from which some rivers in Nova Scotia and Quebec have been colonised, but the most likely source of the fish that turn up in the Tweed will be northern Norway.
If you see what looks like Pink Salmon – and especially any spawning activity by them in Tweed during July and August – please report it to the River Tweed Commission (RTC).
RTC Contact: E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 01896 848294
Any angler who catches one should also please keep it, and report it to the RTC