11th February Meeting


19th Feb 2019
by Victoria Semple

Each spring the GFT organises an afternoon of presentations covering our work over the previous year. The attendees are usually various funders, supporting organisations, key stakeholders and interested parties.

A full house for our meeting
A full house for our meeting

This year the event was held on the 11th February at The Murray Arms Hotel in Gatehouse of Fleet.  Presentations were given by Jamie Ribbens (covering priority working areas of GFT & Conservation Limits research), Rowan McCleary (covering the GFT electrofishing programme and fish counter work), Victoria Semple (covering peatland restoration and water quality monitoring), Jessica Rodger (covering her new post of Salmon Restoration Officer) and Courtney Rowland (covering recent sparling work and film footage).

The meeting was well supported with 35 attendees representing many organisations including local councilors, SEPA, South West Environment Action Trust, Crichton Carbon Centre, Forestry Commission Scotland, Forest Enterprise, Galloway Glens Project, Solway Firth Partnership and Fisheries Management Scotland.  Everyone seemed to find it interesting and there were plenty of questions and discussion afterwards!  We plan to hold a similar event next February.

Prior to the main event, there was a meeting of GFT Trustees / Directors.  At that meeting Mary Nicholson stood down as the GFT chairman.  Mary has served twice as the Trust chair.  She has been a strong force guiding the GFT through the Wild Fisheries Review and ensuring we develop into a wider, more modern organisation.  She has been particularly instrumental in our increasing role in peatland restoration.  Mary is moving to Edinburgh but will remain a GFT Director and sit  on the Fisheries Management Scotland management group.  George Gourlay has been appointed the new GFT chairman.  George has been a GFT Trustee for many years and is both a fishery owner and a member of the River Urr District Salmon Fishery Board where he is presently the Board clerk.     

 

Further Information

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Water of Fleet electrofishing results 2016-2018

GFT undertake electrofishing surveys on Galloway's river catchments each year. This is a summary of a report on the health of salmon and trout populations in the Fleet catchment between 2016 and 2018.

Saving the Sparling update by Courtney Rowland

Courtney is GFT's second Saving the Sparling intern. She has been working towards the arrival of Sparling since she began in December, focusing on education and public engagement. Sparling arrived in the Cree around the 22nd of February. This news story is Courtney's update on how it all went.

Can you help please!

GFT are presently investigating the distribution of North American Signal Crayfish across Galloway and are interested in hearing reports of any recent sightings.

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