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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

Hatched and ready for home

19 March 2014

The cooler tank is set up within the school to operate at a temperature which will promote the gradual development of the salmon

The cooler tank is set up within the school to operate at a temperature which will promote the gradual development of the salmon

Older members of the Eco Group return their salmon to a burn on the River Dee catchment

Older members of the Eco Group return their salmon to a burn on the River Dee catchment

The kids enjoy handling some larger fish (rainbow trout) at Torhouse Trout Farm

The kids enjoy handling some larger fish (rainbow trout) at Torhouse Trout Farm

We have three school projects on the go at the moment – two within primary schools and one within a secondary school. This morning, Dalbeattie Primary School Eco Group successfully returned their hatched salmon to their native river (the Dee). Over the last five weeks, 100 Dee salmon have been slowly developing within a cooler tank system within Dalbeattie Primary School under the watchful eye of the Eco Group (a small group of representatives from each class within the school who feedback project outcomes to their peers). The cooler tank controls the river water temperature that the salmon live in, but the pupils must check that the temperature range functions correctly (at around 5 to 6 oC), that the air pump is continuously on, any salmon morts are removed and that the tank containing the salmon is kept in darkness.
Once all the eggs hatch, GFT return to the school and accompanied by the class, transport the salmon back to their native river. Usually, the class also see where their salmon were initially reared to eyed ova (in a hatchery). The class then have the opportunity to take a tour of Torhouse Trout Farm on the River Bladnoch where they learn about the processes involved in rearing fish for market.
The Eco Group completed their field visits this morning and will return to their salmon release site in summer, when they will witness electrofishing and hopefully be able to see their salmon again – this time as fry.
GFT would like to thank the Dee(K)DSFB who have kindly donated salmon eggs for use in the school projects this year.


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