About Wester Ross Fisheries Trust
Wester Ross Fisheries Trust (WRFT) was established in 1996 in response to the need for solutions to fisheries problems and to improve the management of wild fisheries.
While the majority of the Trust's work to date has focused on migratory fish species such as salmon and sea trout, the Trust has also undertaken scientific research on a range of other freshwater fish species, notably brown trout, char and lamprey. There are a number of factors in the freshwater and marine environment that have impacted wild fish populations in the region. Wester Ross Fisheries Trust works closely with local fishery proprietors and landowners, anglers, government agencies and other non-government organisations to restore fisheries through improved management. The Trust currently employs one full-time biologist and several part-time assistants. Their primary role is to develop science-based solutions to fisheries problems through the collection, provision and exchange of detailed information.
This website presents an overview of some of the Trust's work to "conserve, restore and develop healthy and productive fisheries within Wester Ross" with links to information about current activities and recent reports.
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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)
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 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)