Tweed Foundation – Tweed salmon – what’s going on? Seminar 14 December

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Radical shifts are taking place in Tweed’s Salmon stocks, the like of which most of us have never experienced before. The complexity of the Salmon’s life cycle makes pinpointing the source of the problem challenging: are these changes related to previous cycles, or issues out at sea or, an as yet undiscovered issue?

Come and hear the theories put forward by Dr Jens Christian Holst.

Dr Holst is a Norwegian fisheries scientist who studies the North Atlantic as an ecosystem, looking at all its fish species and what these feed on rather than just salmon by themselves – come and hear what he has to say about the changes going on there and how these affect the salmon.

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Energy firm completes new salmon hatchery at Contin

One of the UK’s largest power firms has completed a new salmon hatchery which has the capacity to release millions of fish into the River Conon. Click on the image below to read more.

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River Dee Trust Auction 2016 underway

The River Dee Trust is holding an online auction during November to help raise funds. There is a mix of unique and tempting items to bid for, including:

A Private Tour of Her Majesty’s Pony Stud at Balmoral
Fishing at Invery & Tilquhillie
Stalking on Glenmuick Estate
Lava Jewellery Deeside Collection
Canoe the Dee
Huntly Herbs Chutneys & Vinegars
A Landrover Safari on Invercauld Estate
Fly Tying Lessons with Sean Stanton
Sail to Orkney with North Link Ferries
Salmon Fishing Experience with ghillies Al & Will Peake

click on the image below to access the auction

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Invitation to tender – hatchery appraisal study: River Dee

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The Dee District Salmon Fishery Board invites organisations to tender for a hatchery appraisal study on the Dee. An overview of the project can be viewed HERE and a copy of the Dee DSFB standard terms and conditions can be obtained by contacting the Dee DSFB on info@riverdee.org

 

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Mapping Fisheries Workshop, Edinburgh, March 1st-2nd –Last Minute Places Available

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Mapping, as a tool to underpin fisheries and environmental management is developing rapidly. If you would like to hear how mapping has supported fisheries management, or if you have an interest in innovative approaches to barrier assessments, beaver-salmonid habitat mapping, drone surveys or species tracking, then this workshop is for you. No prior knowledge required. Please sign up online to book the last remaining places. More details and registration arrangements HERE

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Wild Fisheries Consultation – February 2016

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Views sought on new management framework

Everyone with an interest in the future of wild fisheries and habitats have been urged to contribute views on new proposals to improve their conservation and management.

A consultation on the Scottish Government’s draft Wild Fisheries Bill and a draft Wild Fisheries Strategy has been launched today and will run for the next twelve weeks.

Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Dr McLeod said she would welcome the input of individuals and organisations concerned with salmon and freshwater fisheries management to help ensure the sustainable future of this sector.

Dr McLeod said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting our famous and valuable wild fisheries, to ensuring we modernise our fishery management structures and to establishing a more secure and sustainable future for this vital sector.

“This is why we are consulting on draft provisions for a Wild Fisheries Bill, these provisions adopt an all species approach, while promoting conservation and good management of our wild fisheries resources.

“The draft provisions and draft Strategy have been developed collaboratively and have been informed by the Report on the Independent Wild Fisheries Review and with a substantial contribution from a range of stakeholders.

“I am pleased that we have had so many positive contributions to the process to date. This is a further opportunity for the sector to engage and influence the process and provide fresh thoughts. I would urge all those with an interest in fisheries management in Scotland to respond to the consultation by 2 May 2016.”

Notes to Editors

The consultation can be found here: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/wild-fisheries-reform-team/draft-wild-fisheries-strategy

Contact Information

SG Communications

SGCommunications@scot.gov.uk

Catherine Brown

catherine.brown@scot.gov.uk

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High hopes for a successful season on the River Spey

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With the new season approaching, the Spey Fishery Board is optimist for another successful year following much improved catches in 2015.  Last year’s grilse catch was the best since 2010, so the prospects are good for the 2016 spring/summer salmon run.

To celebrate the opening of the salmon fishing season the Spey Fishery Board are pleased to announce that Jimmy Gray MBE, has kindly agreed to open the river. Jimmy was Superintendent of the Spey Fishery Board from 1978 until he retired in 2001.

The Annual Opening Day Ceremony will take place on Thursday 11th February 2016 at 9:00 am at Penny Bridge, Alice Littler Park in Aberlour with the traditional pouring of a bottle of Aberlour 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky into the fast flowing waters of the River Spey.

To complete the ceremony Reverend Shuna Dicks, Minister for Aberlour, will bless the river and Alan Sinclair will perform on the bagpipes.

Anglers are invited to attend the opening ceremony, before starting on their quest to catch their first spring salmon of the season.  To help celebrate the start of the 2016 season, drams of Aberlour 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, samples of Walkers shortbread and hot drinks supplied by Le Petit Gourmand will be offered during the opening ceremony.  The Spey Fishery Board is grateful to the Aberlour distillery and Walkers for their continued sponsorship of this event and also to Le Petit Gourmand for their generous support.

The ‘Spey Anniversary Quaich’ will be awarded to the angler who catches the first salmon on the opening day, together with an opportunity to hand-fill and register their personalised bottle of cask strength Aberlour Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The angler who lands the heaviest Salmon on opening day will receive a bottle of Aberlour A’Bunadh and a Walkers hamper. For the ghillies in attendance, each will receive a bottle of Aberlour 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and a Walkers Shortbread hamper.

Caroline Mitchell, Visitor Centres Manager for Chivas Brothers, said: “We’re delighted to sponsor once again the opening of the River Spey salmon fishing season. Both Aberlour Distillery and the River Spey have a long history of bringing investment and visitors to the town. Aberlour distillery was established in 1879 by local philanthropist James Fleming, and we are proud of our strong heritage in Aberlour, where we continue to craft our world-renowned range of single malts to this day. As with last year’s event, the opening ceremony will take place on the Penny Bridge – which is fitting since this was also commissioned by Fleming as a gift to the town.”

Official Competition Rules

Fish must be caught by use of fly only, must be fresh-run, released back to the river, and any catch must be verified by the ghillie in attendance.

Anniversary Quaich:

Awarded to the angler who catches the first salmon on the opening day.

 

Heaviest Salmon:

Awarded to the angler who catches the heaviest salmon.

Please note the Heaviest Salmon prize cannot be won by the Anniversary Quaich winner.

If the Anniversary Quaich winner (first fish) is also the heaviest, then the heaviest prize would go to the second heaviest fish caught.

If there is only one fish caught on the opening day the heaviest fish prize would go to the captor of the second fish caught later in the week.

Registering Catch for prize:

All catches must be reported to Spey Fishery Board, I Nether Borlum, Knockando, AB38 7SD, by 5.00 pm on the opening day. Tel:  01340 810841.

The prizes will be awarded at Aberlour Distillery, Aberlour at 5.30pm on opening day.

For further information please contact;

Spey Fishery Board Tel. 01340 810841

Notes to Editors:

About Aberlour Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Aberlour was founded in 1879 by James Fleming. Aberlour is a leading single malt Scotch whisky brand in France, the world’s biggest Scotch whisky market. Since 1995 Aberlour has grown strongly and is now the seventh most popular single malt Scotch whisky in the world.

Aberlour distillery is owned by Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.

The Spey Fishery Board

The Spey Fishery Board is a Statutory Body. Formed from legislation dating back to the 1860’s, more recently streamlined into the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003, it is empowered to take such acts as it considers expedient for the conservation, protection and enhancement of Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout stocks and their fisheries.

Angling on the River Spey generates in excess of £12 million per annum for the local economy and sustains 367 full-time-equivalent jobs (Scottish Executive-sponsored Economic Survey 2003).

For further information, contact Roger Knight, Director, Spey Fishery Board, 1 Nether Borlum, Knockando, Aberlour, Banffshire, AB38 7SD, Tel: 01340-810841, Mob: 07919-284482, e-mail: director@speyfisheryboard.com

Le Petit Gourmand

Le Petit Gourmand is a patisserie/coffee shop which opened in Aberlour in 2015.  The staff are passionate about good food offering a wide range of delicious patisserie (French cakes) and a French style menu e.g. Crepes, Croque Monsieur, soups, filled croissants, hand-made burgers etc. Le Petit Gourmand is open 7 days from 7.30am to 6pm and has seating for 38 and take-away food.  For further information contact: Eric Obry at Le Petit Gourmand on 01340 871617.

Walkers Shortbread

Walkers Shortbread Walkers Shortbread Limited is a family company founded in 1898 in the picturesque village of Aberlour, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.  Today, Walkers Shortbread is still made by traditional methods, using the original Walker family recipe, and is guaranteed to contain no artificial flavourings, colourings or additives.  A unique combination of quality, superb packaging and innovation has established Walkers as the leading brand of Shortbread world-wide. For further information contact: Jim Walker, Walkers shortbread Ltd on 01340 871 555.

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Dee Salmon Board vows that fishery will bounce back from Storm Frank impact

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The Dee Salmon Fishery Board held a seminar for river beat owners and ghillies at Banchory Lodge Hotel on Thursday 14 January. The seminar, attended by over 100, followed intensive dialogue behind the scenes between the Board and public agencies, aimed at getting the fishery up and running as soon as possible. Aberdeenshire Council, SEPA, SNH, and the Cairngorm National Park spoke at the meeting and are united in their commitment to helping ensure the Dee is open for business on 1 February.

The main challenges facing the beats are to fishing huts, access roads and tracks and to the riverbank. The audience was advised that the agencies will, within the confines of legislation, do everything they can to help the beats in a flexible, practical and timely manner. Simple ‘like for like’ tasks such as replacing fishing huts with temporary accommodation and remedial work on access roads and tracks can get underway at once. A multi-agency panel has been set up to prioritise proposals for more significant works, which require a formal process.

River Director Mark Bilsby said: “We are most grateful to the public agencies for their response to the present situation on the Dee. The river supports many hundreds of jobs and is an important part of the Deeside economy, so it is in the interests of all to ensure we do everything in our collective power to be ready for the new season. Clearly, there is much to be done and in the short term it is crucial the fishery and agencies work closely together. One thing is for certain – the Dee will be open for business, as usual, on 1 February.”

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Issued by Andrew Graham-Stewart on behalf of the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board and the River Dee Trust. For further information contact Mark Bilsby, River Director on 01339 80411 or info@riverdee.org

Notes for Editors

1)         The River Dee Trust is a charitable organisation tasked with understanding the catchment and the factors that influence it, leading to practical works to restore the river for future generations and a community based education programme for all age groups.

2)         Angling in the River Dee generates some £12 million annually in revenues to the local economy in important calendar months when very few other tourists come to Deeside. Angling tourism also supports an estimated 500 rural jobs.

3)         SEPA Press Release 7 Jan 2016 http://media.sepa.org.uk/media-releases/2016/sepa-is-here-to-help-farmers-and-land-managers-repair-flood-damage/

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ASFB & RAFTS respond to Scottish Government salmon conservation proposals

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ASFB and RAFTS have today submitted a joint response to the Scottish Government proposals for salmon conservation, which were formally advertised on 28 September. A copy of the response can be viewed HERE

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Dee District Salmon Fishery Board and River Dee Trust welcome news of the discovery of first salmon fry in the Culter catchment in 250 years

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The Dee District Salmon Fishery Board and River Dee Trust have welcomed news of the discovery of the first salmon fry to have been born in the Culter catchment in 250 years.

The River Dee electrofishing team made the discovery on Tuesday when they were conducting a survey on the Gormack Burn near Echt. The team made three sweeps of a 100 square metre section of the Gormack Burn and found 22 salmon fry. The fry were discovered approximately 13km above the Culter fish pass, which was installed at Peterculter in October 2014 with financial support from local businessmen Martin Gilbert and Stewart Spence. The first salmon ascended the pass on 3 October 2014 and early indications suggested successful spawning. The team will continue to monitor how the fish are repopulating the area over the coming years.

Full details of the Culter Fish Pass project are available at

http://www.riverdee.org.uk/projects/theculterburn.asp

Pamela Esson, Field Officer for the Trust, said: “The discovery of the salmon fry is exciting news for the Dee and we should see some of these juveniles returning to the river in three to four years’ time. The electrofishing team had struggled with high water levels recently, so this was our first opportunity to conduct a thorough survey. We are delighted to have found these fry and are looking forward to finding more juvenile salmon populations in the catchment over the next week or so.”

Mark Bilsby, Director of the Dee Board and Trust, commented: “Getting this fish pass built has been a massive effort and to know that the fish are using it and now colonising so far upstream is excellent news for them and all involved in this project. It is no secret that 2015 has been a very challenging year on the river with poor numbers coming back from the sea, so for the  fish to be making use of the Culter Burn is incredibly encouraging and bodes well for the future.”

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Issued by Andrew Graham-Stewart on behalf of the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board and the River Dee Trust. For further information telephone Mark Bilsby, Director of the Dee Board and Trust, on 01339 880411 or 07810 880409.

Notes for Editors

  1. The Dee District Salmon Fishery Board is the statutory body responsible for the protection, preservation and development of salmon and sea trout fisheries in the Dee system. www.riverdee.org

 

  1. The River Dee Trust is a community-based charitable company, registered in Scotland, No. SC028497. It was set up in 1998 and is tasked with the following aims and objectives:

 

  1. To improve our knowledge of the ecology and associated fish stocks of the River Dee so that practical improvements and restoration of the River and the wildlife it supports can be achieved. We work in co-operation with those that have the improvement of the River at heart.

 

  1. To deliver educational information to schools, organisations and individuals living in the North East of Scotland.

 

  1. To achieve these aims the River Dee Trust must raise sufficient funds so that these works can be achieved to the highest standard.

 

 

  1. Culter Dam Background

 

Culter Dam is a remnant of a large paper mill that closed in the 1980s. For over 250 years the dam has prevented fish from accessing the Culter Burn, which is the second largest tributary of the Dee. Since 2007 the River Dee Trust and Dee District Salmon Fishery Board have removed or eased 27 man-made structures from the River Dee’s tributaries. The aim of this work is simple: To allow fish to gain access to their natural spawning and rearing grounds.

 

The work on the Culter Dam was delivered jointly by the Trust and Dee DSFB, entirely funded by two businessmen Martin Gilbert and Stewart Spence, without which the work would not have gone ahead.

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