An important aspect of the work of GFT is the provision of expertise and advice on a wide variety of fishery related topics. This includes planning applications, forestry design plans and Environmental Statements and Impact Assessments. GFT may charge for providing these services.
The GFT also provides focused fishery advice. The GFT aims to encourage the sustainable development of freshwater fishing (stillwater and running) across the region.
The creation of new fisheries through either constructing new ponds or opening up inaccessible areas has taken place at a number of locations. GFT is able to assist in the design of new ponds, suitable fish species for introduction and help with the necessary licence applications.
Addressing problems on established fisheries is also undertaken. Key problems where best practice guidance is provided includes control of problem aquatic plants, reducing predation problems and management of bank sides to allow fishing whilst protecting their biodiversity value.
Advice is also provided to ensure fisheries are run in a sustainable manner for the long term. This may include limiting angling pressure / fishing methods or promoting catch and release. GFT play an important role providing expert advice to companies when planning and completing construction works in or close to water courses.
GFT are presently sampling smolts caught in a fyke net at the inflow to Torhouse Fish Farm on the lower River Bladnoch. The fyke net also helps provide data on various other fish species within the Bladnoch catchment.
GFT are currently in the process of downloading data from temperature loggers which are in 20 sites across the river Bladnoch. The data gets downloaded twice a year; once in April and once in October.
GFT commissioned a Bolton based taxidermist, Phillip Leggett to create a realistic sparling model. This model accurately represents three adult sparling, which grow up to 30cm and are still present in the River Cree.