BBC Scotland – Scottish salmon farming’s sea lice ‘crisis’

The Scottish salmon farming industry is facing major problems from sea lice, which have led to a cut in output, fast rising costs and a big rise in prices.

The problem is not new, but it has burgeoned during this decade. Chemicals have been extensively used, but lice are becoming increasingly resistant.

Bathing the salmon in warm water is an expensive treatment, but it led to the accidental slaughter of 95,000 fish in one incident last year.

The industry has admitted it has a serious problem, and is spending at least £30m a year on measures to respond to it.

That is in addition to reduced profits and lower production, down worldwide by an estimated 7% last year.

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Wild Fisheries Reform

The Scottish Government have issued a press release relating to Wild Fisheries Reform

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Fisheries Management Scotland have welcomed the clarity provided by the Cabinet Secretary’s recent statement on wild fisheries reform.

Dr Alan Wells, Fisheries Management Scotland Chief Executive said: “It is clear that resourcing a reformed system of fisheries management remains the key barrier to progress. We have consistently highlighted that the current fisheries management system is underfunded. The proposed broadening of the scope of management to an all-species remit, and the associated greater demand on enforcement activity was always going to require additional funding streams to progress.

“It is important to emphasise that the fisheries management sector has diverted significant resources towards contributing to the reform process to date. The Stakeholder Reference Group, and the five specific working groups established to inform the process, have all benefited from significant input and investment of time from across our community. This also represents a significant opportunity cost as that time was diverted from other activities.

“We retain an ambition to ensure that Scotland maintains and builds upon its world class fisheries. Central to this is a need to encourage and develop participation in angling for all ages.

“We remain committed to working constructively with the Scottish Government to ensure that the considerable work undertaken by our community to date was not in vain. We hope that a re-focused programme of reform will present us with an opportunity to look afresh at the progress made to date, and prioritise those elements of the reform process that offer the greatest benefits to fisheries management. Ideally this process will result in a system through which local management is empowered and supported to achieve the best outcomes for fish and fisheries.

“We also consider that this is an opportune moment for Scottish Ministers to focus efforts on the wide range of pressures currently facing Scotland’s fish and fisheries. Most of these pressures are out with the control of fishery managers but may have a significant negative impact, particularly on our iconic and famous salmon and sea trout fisheries.”

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River Tay – confirmation that the “dry” River Garry tributary will flow again

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Spawning salmon will have access for the first time in over 60 years following landmark agreement

A section of one of the River Tay’s most important tributaries is soon to have consistent flows restored after decades of very extensive water abstraction. Ten miles of the River Garry (much of it clearly visible from the A9), which has been essentially dry since the mid 1950s, will run again, promising major benefits for adult salmon spawning and juvenile production.

The formal announcement is to be made at the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board’s (TDSFB) annual ceremony to celebrate the opening of the River Tay salmon fishing season, which will take place at Meikleour on Monday 16 January. Continue reading

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Ness DSFB dipper’s underwater exploits become online hit

A film of a dipper diving underwater in the River Ness has made a major online splash – with over half a million viewers so far.

Ness District Salmon Fishery Board posted footage of the bird ‘swimming’ , which was filmed last week,  and have been astonished at it becoming an online hit.

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Thousands of fish moved as canal to be drained

An operation is planned to move thousands of fish before a canal is drained for repairs.

Scottish Canals said the exercise to drain part the Union Canal near Linlithgow will also provide a rare chance to glimpse the bed of the 200-year-old waterway.

Two open days are being held to allow people to view parts of the engineering structure which are usually out of sight underwater. READ MORE

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River Tay Opening Day

The River Tay opens for salmon fishing on Monday 16 January. The opening day event will be at  Meikleour Fishings Boathouse, by Kinclaven Bridge, PH1 4QW. See details below.

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Headwater to Headland Conference 14/15 March 2017

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With fewer salmon surviving at sea, it is vital to ensure that as many healthy wild salmon and sea trout smolts as possible leave our rivers. This Conference will explore how this can best be achieved. Leading scientists will outline the results of the latest research into the factors affecting smolts numbers, such as predation, barriers to migration and pollution, in both rivers and inshore waters, and highlight the implications of this for the management of salmon and sea trout. Discussion sessions will focus on identifying practical action that can be taken to reduce mortality and areas where more research is needed.

The Conference will be held in the Guild Hall in the ancient town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, where the Conference Dinner will also take place. There is ample accommodation at a range of prices within walking distance, or a short drive away. These need to be booked directly with the establishment in question.

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Gillie wins prize for salmon caught on River Spean

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An angler told a friend “we’re going to need a bigger net” after catching what turned out to a prize-winning salmon.

John MacIssac, a gillie on the River Lochy in Lochaber, caught the fish weighing between 38-41lb and about 47in long on the River Spean in September.

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Invasive Weeds Control supported by Tesco’s Bags of Help Fund

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Ayrshire Rivers Trust have been awarded £8000 by Tesco’s Bags of Help Fund to support Invasive Weeds control on the Girvan and Stinchar in 2017.

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Salmon and sea trout could scupper the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

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Natural Resources Wales has estimated that 21% of salmon and 25% of sea trout could be killed every year by the development of the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. Read more

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