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Galloway Fisheries Trust

Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG8 6ND
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Looking downstream on the River Cree

Brown Trout

Looking upstream on the River Bladnoch

Felling of commercial forestry in Galloway Forest Park

Looking upstream on the River Luce

North American Signal Crayfish

The sandy beach at Loch Grannoch

Belted Galloway Cattle, or 'Belties'

Fly fishing on the River Cree

Murray's Monument

A small upland burn

A stoneloach

The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet

A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn

A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee

Salmon smolts and lovely lampreys

30 May 2014

An adult Sea lamprey from the Bladnoch

An adult Sea lamprey from the Bladnoch

You can see the jaw marks – this poor lamprey looks like an otter has almost caught it.

You can see the jaw marks – this poor lamprey looks like an otter has almost caught it.

Look at its jaw and arrays of teeth! These rasp at the flesh of other hosts when the lamprey is feeding at sea

Look at its jaw and arrays of teeth! These rasp at the flesh of other hosts when the lamprey is feeding at sea

As you may know, we have been gathering data from the smolt run on the Bladnoch this spring. GFT and River Bladnoch interests have been working together to ensure that smolts are not getting stuck in a fish farm lade and being unable to get back out to resume their journey to sea.   It was agreed that in order to address this, we would electrofish the lade once the fish farm had removed their smolt net to ascertain if any smolts remained.   We went down to the lade today and, under the agreed protocol, electrofished the length of it. The good news is that no smolts were in there.   We did catch four brown trout, two juvenile lampreys, a roach and a salmon parr.   Even better news, however, is that we caught an adult Sea lamprey!  These fish are fairly rare but we know there is a population in the Bladnoch as we have seen some adults previously (read more about lampreys here).   We were able to catch it and anaesthetise it so we could take a closer look.  We found it had a large bite mark on its head – most likely from an otter. Afterwards we returned it to the river where it would have been able to be on its way.   Sea lampreys spawn in late May or June so hopefully the male we found will be successful in finding a female!


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