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Skye & Wester Ross Fisheries Trust

Loch Maree is the largest freshwater in the area

Loch Maree is the largest freshwater in the area

Firstly, please refer to the 2020 Annual review which details biological monitoring and habitat management work undertaken by SWRFT in partnership with academic partners and FMS and MSS up over the 15 months up to March 2020.

The 2019/20 annual accounts can also be viewed.

Unfortunately, as a result of Covid-19, SWRFT had almost 100% of budgeted fisheries income for 2020/21 withdrawn. This, together with the Government lockdown and social distancing measures meant the abandonment of the majority of planned field work for 2020. This has had the gravest impact on the financial sustainability of the Trust. It has required the expenditure of reserves and unfortunately the need to make the Trust’s Biologist, Peter Cunningham redundant.

The uncertain future caused by Covid-19 including the potential for "second waves", lockdowns and the availability of future funding revealed a significant divergence of views between Wester Ross Trustees and those representing Skye and the Southern rivers regarding its business model and an acknowledgement of significant differences of river size, management, ownership, geomorphology and species composition.

After detailed consideration of the issues, Trustees approved a proposal on 24 th August 2020 to rename and restructure the Trust along revised geographic lines and concurrently to establish a new Wester Ross Fisheries Trust. This decision will require ratification by the Scottish Charity Regulator.

The process of restructuring SWRFT and setting up a new Wester Ross Fisheries Trust is ongoing and this web-site will shortly be up-dated with progress together with contact details of people from the new Trusts.

Thank you for your interest in, and support for fisheries.

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  • 2019/20 Annual Accounts
    End of Year accounts 2019/20.  Posted: 15/08/2020 (3.98MB)
  • September 2020 Annual Review
    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)