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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

Ruffe recorded in the lower Kirkcudbrightshire Dee

23 May 2013

Small Ruffe caught in Tongland Fish Ladder

Small Ruffe caught in Tongland Fish Ladder

When we recently undertook a fish rescue at Tongland Fish Ladder, in addition to catching a range of native fish species, we also caught a ruffe. Although we have been aware of reports of ruffe in Loch Ken for over 20 years we have never caught any during our electrofishing surveys across the Dee catchment. Ruffe are not native to Scotland. These small fish are members of the perch family and rarely exceed 15 cm in length. They are carnivorous and may impact on other fish species through competition for food and predation of eggs. They may be found in popular pike fisheries, such as Loch Ken and Loch Lomond, as they are popular pike bait and anglers have been known to, illegally, release any unused bait fish at the end of their trip. Ruffe are best suited to slow moving waters and it is disappointing to find that they have travelled right down the Dee to Tongland. Introduced non-native fish species can be very damaging to native fish species and the wider environment. Bio-security measures and adherence to legislation regarding fish introductions should help to reduce further spread of damaging fish species. For further information on introducing any fish species in to waters in Scotland see http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/marine/Licensing/fishintros 


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