Salmon smolts to be monitored
2019 is the International Year of the Salmon and among the events and projects going on is the Tweed Foundation’s smolt survival study.
The project involves tracking the migration of the salmon smolts down the river to establish how many each the sea.
“It is only with hard evidence on the losses that take place in the river that management can be targeted to the best effect,” said a Tweed Foundation spokesperson.
“The salmon smolt is the final product of the river. Losses at this stage of the life cycle cannot be replaced. With numbers of returning adult salmon continuing to decline, we need to make sure as many smolts make it to the sea as possible.”
A public information day is being held on Saturday, May 11, at 10am (meet at the car park behind B&Q, Galashiels).
They will learn more about the foundation’s new smolt trap and their fish counter on the Gala Water. Experts will explain how the counter works, and those attending will be able to see how they run the trapping facility
Salmon biologists will be on hand to answer queries about the work and explain more about what the foundation does and why.
The session is free and lasts about an hour.
The International Year of the Salmon - ‘Salmon and People in a Changing World’ - is an initiative being led by the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) and the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC). It aims to raise awareness and understanding of the social and economic benefits that salmon provide, and to highlight the many issues facing salmon around the world.
It aims to develop a better understanding of the factors driving salmon abundance and the challenges facing salmon species in the northern hemisphere, encouraging scientists, decision-makers and the public to work towards solutions that overcome some of those challenges.
The project supports conservation and restoration strategies to help manage salmon in the face of climate change and it is hoped that its outreach and research work will continue through until 2022, helping to create a greater awareness of the ecological, social, cultural and economic value of salmon species and their environment throughout the northern hemisphere.