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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

Heat wave great for electrofishing :o)

24 July 2013

Collecting site dimensions after electrofishing on the Black Burn

Collecting site dimensions after electrofishing on the Black Burn

The low water flows during the present heat wave is providing a good opportunity for us to undertake electrofishing surveys across the river catchments we work on. We started fieldwork in early July, slightly later than usual, as the cold spring delayed the development of the early life stages of salmon and trout this year. We aim to undertake electrofishing surveys from July through to the end of September if conditions are suitable. Electrofishing surveys look at a wide range of things including monitoring of wild spawning success, effectiveness of hatchery programmes, habitat use, impacts of acidification, to direct and monitor enhancement works and to consider how potential developments may impact on fish populations. In the last few days though water temperatures are starting to approach the maximums advised for electrofishing!

Future news stories will cover some of the findings of these electrofishing surveys.

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