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About Skye and Wester Ross Fisheries Trust

Recording fish details at Tournaig

Recording fish details at Tournaig

The Skye and Wester Ross Fisheries Trust (SWRFT) was established in 2017 following amalgamation of the neighbouring Skye Fisheries Trust (established 2006) and the Wester Ross Fisheries Trust (established 1996). This has achieved a consolidated approach to the common issues limiting fish populations across the enlarged Trust area, streamlined administration and fundraising, together with increased focus of our resources to the direct investigation of issues affecting fish populations, their habitats and the development of management solutions.

While the majority of the Trust's work to date has focused on migratory fish species such as salmon and sea trout, in partnership with its academic partners, the Trust has also undertaken scientific research on a range of other fresh-water fish species, notably brown trout, char, eels, freshwater invertebrates and lamprey. There are a number of factors in the freshwater and marine environment that have impacted wild fish populations in the region. Accordingly, the Trust works closely with local fishery proprietors and landowners, anglers, government agencies and other non-government organisations aimed at restoring the environmental and socio-economic benefits of productive fisheries to Skye and Wester Ross. The Trust currently employs one full-time biologist, several part-time assistants and hopes to employ a second biologist early in 2020. Their primary role is to develop science-based solutions to fisheries problems through the collection, provision and exchange of detailed information.

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  • End of year Annual Accounts 2019/20
    End of Year accounts 2019/20.  Posted: 15/08/2020 (3.98MB)
  • Refertilising Wester Ross
    Programme for the workshop on 8th April 2016 and presentation by Peter Cunningham considering long term changes in the availability of the limiting nutrient phosphorus across much of Wester Ross and the need for ecosystem refertilisation.  Posted: 12/04/2016 (8.76MB)
  • Skye and Wester Ross Fisheries Trust Review September 2020
    This review presents a summary of the work of the Skye and Wester Ross Fisheries Trust during the 15 months up to the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020 and other related information including catch reports, results of fish surveys, an assessment of wild salmon populations and some of the pressures they face, and reports from project activities. .  Posted: 23/09/2020 (8.05MB)
  • SWRFT Newsletter February 2019
    This newsletter provides a summary of SWRFT activities in 2018 including sea trout surveys, juvenile fish survey, other project work and other fisheries relate news. .  Posted: 11/02/2019 (3.61MB)
  • Wester Ross Marine Wildlife Poster
    This poster shows some of the marine wildlife habitats and marine wildlife to be found around Wester Ross including habitats of nature conservation importance within the possible Wester Ross Marine Protected Area. Copies are available from WRFT.  Posted: 18/07/2014 (1.22MB)
  • WRFT Biologist's Review of Recent Activities, October 2016
    Presentation prepared for the Skye & Wester Ross Fisheries Trust Open Day at the Loch Torridon Centre, 24th October 2016.  Posted: 31/10/2016 (24.36MB)
  • WRFT Review January 2015
    This review covers an 18 month period from July 2013 to December 2014 (with Jan 2015 update from Wester Ross Area Salmon Fishery Board) and presents a summary of the results of fish juvenile fish surveys, sea trout and sea louse monitoring, fish farming related issues, surveys on the Isle of Skye, a Little Gruinard macro-invertebrate study, mink monitoring and other activities carried out by the Trust.  Posted: 21/01/2015 (7.09MB)
  • WRFT Review July 2012
    This is the latest 'annual review' which covers work carried out during the 2011 field seson, and includes sections on juvenile fish surveys, salmon catches, sea trout sampling (and sea lice), arctic charr, interviews with herring fishermen, and WRFT schools based project.  Posted: 04/07/2012 (1.83MB)
  • WRFT Review July 2013
    This report summarises much of the work of WRFT over the period July 2012 to June 2013, including summaries of the results of juvenile fish surveys, sea lice monitoring and other work to adress problems and opportunities for the wild fisheries of the Wester Ross area.  Posted: 05/08/2013 (5.54MB)
  • WRFT Review May 2009
    Wester Ross Fisheries Trust Annual Review, May 2009.  Posted: 19/05/2009 (4.82MB)
  • WRFT Review May 2010
    This annual review present a summary of the work of the Trust over the year 2009 to 2010 including surveys of juvenile fish, sea trout in the sea, invasve non-native species, catch records, and a range of fisheries management and education projects.  Posted: 17/05/2010 (5.52MB)
  • WRFT Review May 2016
    This review covers the period February 2015 to April 2016, and presents summaries describing the status of wild fish populations, the results of sea trout and sea lice monitoring work including sea trout around the Loch Torridon area, a summary of the activities of the Skye Fisheries Trust, work to monitor and control invasive species, a section on education and student project and much else.  Posted: 19/05/2016 (6.18MB)