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Galloway Fisheries Trust

Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG8 6ND
Telephone: 01671 403011 · Fax: 01671 402248 · Scottish Registered Charity No. SC020751

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

Satellite tracking

03 June 2014

A satellite tag on a salmon, showing the harness arrangement

A satellite tag on a salmon, showing the harness arrangement

This year, Marine Scotland Science (MSS) are continuing their work tracking salmon on the north coast of Scotland using satellite tags. These tags have been attached to fish using a ‘harness’. Kelts donated by the Cromarty Firth Fishery Trust were used to practice the tagging technique. This harness can be seen in the photo below (shown on a dead fish). Satellite tags are designed to detach from the harness, so if some fish are found with the harness, it is most likely the satellite tag has already detached. The harness, however, still has a carlin tag attached.

MSS are eager to hear of any fish that are seen/heard of that have these harnesses attached. In particular they are looking for the location of the fish, carlin tag number and the condition of the fish – photos are invaluable in this respect. Satellite tags contain a wealth of data and their recovery is valuable as the tags physically contain much more information than can be downloaded from a satellite. In addition, there is a reward up for grabs – if anyone finds a satellite tag (whether it is still attached to a fish, or not) there is a £50 reward for its return to Marine Scotland Science. Any carlin tags can be returned to them for a £6 reward. Anyone who returns a tag is also entered into the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation prize draw! Tags can be removed from the harness easily by carefully snipping the line with some scissors.

If anyone sees/catches/hears of any fish with tags on them, please do not hesitate to contact MSS. Alternatively contact us and we would be happy to put you in touch with them.

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