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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

Making good progress

08 August 2014

Perfect conditions for electrofishing the main stem of the River Luce last week under low flows

Perfect conditions for electrofishing the main stem of the River Luce last week under low flows

Spawning riffles below Spittal bridge on the River Bladnoch two weeks ago on one of the hottest days of the year

Spawning riffles below Spittal bridge on the River Bladnoch two weeks ago on one of the hottest days of the year

A lovely trout parr picked up on the Polbae Burn last week

A lovely trout parr picked up on the Polbae Burn last week

A magnificent eel caught on a small tributary of the Tarf Water (River Bladnoch)

A magnificent eel caught on a small tributary of the Tarf Water (River Bladnoch)

Fascinating markings on a trout parr caught whilst electrofishing above Loch Urr

Fascinating markings on a trout parr caught whilst electrofishing above Loch Urr

We have been able to ramp up our electrofishing effort over the last two weeks during low water – targeting main stem river sites which we won’t be able to access once flows increase as they have done so over the weekend. On the Urr, we have been trialling timed electrofishing surveys this season. These have proved very useful in covering the river in a short space of time – selectively electrofishing sites where we can get a good grasp on spawning success over the winter. On the Water of Luce, we have also been undertaking a lot of main river electrofishing – again, targeting spawning areas – this time by undertaking semi-quantitative electrofishing surveys rather than timed surveys.
Our electrofishing findings so far have been encouraging but interpreting the timed electrofishing data (catch per unit effort) will need some refining for comparison with the format we usually work with (densities of juvenile salmon/trout per 100 m2 of water).
We have also been picking up some very large eels during our electrofishing surveys – see pictures.
This week, the rivers have gained some height due to the torrential downpours across the weekend. This is really good news for the fish because we were coming across water temperatures into the mid-twenties on some of the hottest days over the last two weeks.


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