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Fisheries Management Plans

Habitat surveys, along with juvenile fish surveys and an assessment of fish catches, provided a basis for the preparation of WRFT Fishery Management Plans (FMPs). FMPs were drafted between 2000 and 2006 for the rivers Kanaird, Ullapool, Broom, Dundonnell, Gruinard, Ewe, Balgy, Carron and Ling. Detailed management reports have been prepared for many other rivers where fishery proprietors value a science-based fisheries management approach.

Some estates carry out stocking programmes using locally native broodstocks to supplement natural recruitment of salmon, especially in areas subject to severe 'redd washout' (where wild-spawned eggs may be washed away during the winter). In recent years, rainfall events have become more severe and spates more erosive, causing much destruction. Longer-term approaches to problems associated with habitat instability are required which address issues, such as grazing pressure and nutrient (fertility) management at catchment scale. Where soils are well developed and vegetation is strongly rooted, stream banks are better able to resist erosion.

In 2008 a Fisheries Management Plan will be further developed for the Wester Ross Fisheries Trust area with grant support from the Scottish Government.

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  • Little Gruinard FMP April 2011 Part 7 & 8
    Little Gruinard River FMP April 2011 Part 7 & 8.  Posted: 03/02/2011 (8.92MB)
  • Presentation by John Roberston (FWAG) on SRDP funding
    Presentation by John Roberston (FWAG) on SRDP funding given at workshop on 26th January 2009. Click on the links in this presentation to explore related pages on the SRDP website.  Posted: 04/02/2009 (457KB)
  • River Ewe Fisheries Management Plan 2002-2006
    This report, prepared by Dr James Butler, contains much background information on the River Ewe - Loch Maree system, including an appraisal of salmon and sea trout stocks and fisheries, the habitat accessible to migratory salmon and sea trout, information about juvenile salmon and trout populations and an assessment of management options.  Posted: 02/02/2012 (25.61MB)
  • Wester Ross and Lochalsh Biosecurity Plan
    Wester Ross and Lochalsh Biosecurity Plan.  Posted: 03/02/2010 (1.83MB)
  • WRFT FMP 2009+ Part 1 and Part 2
    WRFT FMP 2009+ Part 1 Introduction and Part 2 Land of Rivers, Lochs and Denuded Mountains.  Posted: 17/12/2008 (1.08MB)
  • WRFT FMP 2009+ Part 3_1
    WRFT FMP 2009+ Part 3 Fishes of Wester Ross Lampreys to Atlantic salmon.  Posted: 17/12/2008 (3.78MB)
  • WRFT FMP 2009+ Part 3_2
    WRFT FMP 2009+ Part 3 Fishes of Wester Ross Brown trout to Sea bass.  Posted: 17/12/2008 (704KB)
  • WRFT FMP 2009+ Part 4
    WRFT FMP 2009+ Part 4 Factors limiting fish production in Wester Ross.  Posted: 17/12/2008 (857KB)
  • WRFT FMP 2009+ Part 5
    WRFT FMP 2009+ Part 5 Fisheries Management in Wester Ross Past and Present.  Posted: 17/12/2008 (367KB)
  • WRFT FMP 2009+ Part 6
    WRFT FMP 2009+ Part 6 Proposed management actions.  Posted: 17/12/2008 (439KB)
  • WRFT FMP 2009+ Summary
    WRFT Fisheries Management Plan 2009+ Summary and Contents page.  Posted: 25/02/2009 (4.06MB)