Missing salmon project.

8 Apr
The Atlantic Salmon Trust has recently released an update on its Moray Firth Smolt Tracking Project. Details at:-
From the angler’s point of view one interesting fact is that of the smolt’s released 50% were lost in river systems and only 15% in inshore waters.
Could this be a predation issue? Most anglers probably think so.
Have a look, its a very interesting video and quite clearly a very professionally run project.

No Fishing, until further notice!

24 Mar

Below is a copy of a post on the Angling Trust Facebook page of today’s date.

LET’S BE CLEAR. THE LOCKDOWN MEANS NO FISHING. WE WILL SEEK CLARIFICATION AS TO WHETHER FISHING IS AN ALLOWED FORM OF EXERCISE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BUT FOR NOW WE CAN’T LEAVE OUR HOMES FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE REASONS STATED BELOW. STAY SAFE

People in the UK will only be allowed to leave their home for the following purposes:

Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
One form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
Police will have the powers to enforce the rules, including through fines and dispersing gatherings. To ensure compliance with the instruction to stay at home, the government will:

Close all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship
Stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with
Stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals
Parks will remain open for exercise, but gatherings will be dispersed.

Warming up?

23 Mar

In the magazine “Global Change Biology” a study has examined marine data from 1980 to 2018.

Indicator species” such as barnacles, limpets and snails have apparently moved 250 km north compared to 40 years ago in response to warming seas.

Professor Burrows of the Scottish Association for Marine Science said “Our findings are consistent with what we suspected: throughout the UK we are seeing an increase in species with an affinity to warmer water and a decrease in creatures that prefer colder water”.

Could this have a significant bearing on the decline in Atlantic Salmon running our rivers as they much prefer colder water?