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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

Fish Rescue!

23 August 2013

one of the trout parr caught from Wee Glenamour outflow

one of the trout parr caught from Wee Glenamour outflow

GFT on site for bridge repairs

GFT on site for bridge repairs

GFT regularly advises on whether planned work such as flood prevention projects or bridge replacements are likely to have a negative impact on surrounding fish populations, water quality and habitats. If there are potential concerns then we will suggest mitigation measures or advise against undertaking the works. Recently we have been commenting to D & G Council on a number of their bridge projects involving repairs or new constructions. Our main concerns are normally associated with timing (to protect fish eggs / alevins in redds), fish access, siltation, degrading habitats or direct mortality. Some works require a section of the water course to be blocked off and isolated (often using 1 tonne sand bags) and the running water is pumped over it. This gives the contractors a dry work area. In these cases fish in the section to be isolated need to be electrofished out and moved to a safe part of the watercourse. These fish rescues can often remove many fish and help highlight to contractors how important it is they don’t cause any pollution when undertaking their works.

Recent fish rescues include:

• 5 eels, 18 trout fry and 87 trout parr caught in only 20 metres of a small burn (Wee Glenamour outflow) which enters The Lane near Newton Stewart. The work taking place is a bridge widening. This density of trout shows this is an important sea trout spawning burn.

• 3 eels (largest was just over 300 mm long), 86 trout fry and 5 trout parr were removed from a 15 metres length of the Collin Burn (tributary of Wauchope Burn, Border Esk near Langholm). A new bridge is being constructed here. Fish densities show this is an important sea trout spawning burn.

• 33 brown trout fry caught in the Mill Burn (which runs into Carlingwark Loch, Dee catchment) where bridge repairs are to take place.

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