Looking downstream on the River Cree
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
A small upland burn
The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet
A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn
A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee
Last week, a couple of people passed on to GFT links to an online BBC news story saying that salmon hatcheries across Wales might be closed following a review of the benefits or otherwise of stocking programmes. In Wales the Natural Resources Wales (NRW) government agency has recently undertaken a review of their existing salmon stocking activity and associated hatchery operations. In the review they are considering the rationale, justification and implications of NRW’s activities in rearing and stocking salmon into Welsh rivers. A detailed bibliography has been completed and the NRW have produced a consultation paper regarding their proposals to stop salmon stocking programmes across Wales.
They have concluded that:
‘the current scientific literature regarding both the effectiveness and impacts of stocking salmon provides evidence that stocking salmon from hatchery reared fish can potentially have several negative impacts. There is increasing and compelling peer-reviewed evidence that:-
• hatchery reared fish have lower survival to adulthood than wild fish of the same age,
• hatchery fish that survive to adulthood have lower fitness than wild fish,
• the presence of hatchery reared fish in wild populations reduces wild population fitness.
If you are interested to read more about the consultation or read the bibliography then CLICK HERE
The Wye and Usk Foundation website has an interesting page about their thoughts on hatcheries – CLICK HERE
As you will be aware, in the last few years there has been much discussion in Scotland too about the effectiveness of salmon stocking programmes and many District Salmon Fishery Boards have reviewed their use of hatcheries. Recent advances in genetic studies is helping to understand the return rates from stocked fish versus wild fish. The River and Fishery Trusts Scotland (RAFTS) will be launching their stocking policy and supporting literature review at the RAFTS / ASFBs Annual Conference, titled ‘Scottish Fisheries Management – Planning For Change?’ on the 20th March 2014 at Battleby, near Perth.