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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

Reports of dead and dying fish in some local rivers, testing for UDN to be undertaken.

17 June 2013

One of the dead Annan fish (image from Annan DSFB website)

One of the dead Annan fish (image from Annan DSFB website)

A diseased fish on the Annan (image from Annan DSFB website) .

A diseased fish on the Annan (image from Annan DSFB website) .

The River Annan DSFB has recently reported a number of dead and dying adult salmon and trout in their river (see www.riverannan.org/#!news/c23v1).   The fish have shown signs that suggested it could be Ulcerative Dermal Necrosis (UDN) although this has not been confirmed yet.  

The Annan DSFB is attempting to sample some of the affected fish, which need to still be alive when sampled to be most useful.   UDN was diagnosed on Atlantic salmon in the Spey last year.  

This natural condition is poorly understood; it starts in the marine environment and shows up usually as lesions around the head.   Fish are often killed due to secondary infection around the lesions by Saprolegnia, and were devastating to stocks in the 60’s and 70’s.   It is important to investigate fully whether UDN is associated with the reported dead fish.

GFT have not heard of any similar diseased or dead fish in the Galloway rivers this spring but we are asking anglers to be vigilant and if they see anything of concern please report it immediately to either GFT or the relevant DSFB.


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