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Forthcoming fish and fisheries trust events in Wester Ross

Posted: Monday 2 May, 2011 @ 15:05:25

1. The WRFT AGM will take place on Wednesday 1st June 2011, from 7.00pm – 9.00pm in Gairloch Community Hall. Guest speakers are as follows:


·     Dr Alan Wells (ASFB’s Policy & Planning Director) ‘My work priorities for 2011 and beyond’

·     Jonah Tosney (WRFT Biologist, based in Strathcarron) ‘From Yorkshire to Ross-shire’

·     Dr Donna-Claire Hunter and Mrs Diane Kennedy (RAFTS’ Aquaculture Project Coordinators) ‘ RAFTS North west Coast Aquacultre Project – Managing Interactions’




·     Peter Cunningham (WRFT Biologist) Biologist’s Review of 2010


All welcome – light refreshments available from 6.30pm.


For further information, please contact: Peter Cunningham, 01445 712 899;


2. ‘Freshwater Fish Discovery Day’ as part of the Wild About Gairloch Festival, 23rd June 2011


From the Slattadale Forest car park by Loch Maree, the local fisheries biologist will be exploring the sides of Loch Maree and Slattadale Burn in search of wee (or not so wee) fish. Where do they live? What do they eat? What else lives in the streams? Expeditions will set off from 11am and 2.30pm lasting approx 2 hours each.


You'll need walking boots or wellies, midge protection, and perhaps waterproofs. Bring something to eat and drink! To guarantee a place, booking is advised by contacting Peter Cunningham on or call 01445 712899


3. Wild About Gairloch Festival Lecture, ‘Wild Sea Trout and Brown Trout – A Diminishing Resource’ 24th June 2011, Poolewe Village Hall, 6pm


As Buckland Professor for 2011, Dr Andy Walker is presenting a series of lectures in various parts of Scotland, about fascinating aspects of trout and charr, aimed at conserving these amazing fish species for future generations to wonder at and enjoy.  Dr Walker was a long-serving member of staff of the Freshwater Laboratory (now part of Marine Scotland), based at Loch Faskally, by Pitlochry, and retired in 2005. In Wester Ross, Dr Walker led research on the sea trout of Loch Maree in 1980 (before stocks collapsed), salmon in the Little Gruinard system including a catch and release study (the system was the first in Scotland to introduce mandatory ‘Catch and Release’; and helped to establish the Shieldaig Sea Trout Project.


In addition to his scientific background, he is a former Scottish Champion trout fly fisherman, with caps at Home International, European, Commonwealth and World level.  He is Chairman of the National Sea Trout Group, serves on Scottish Anglers National Association and local angling club committees  and undertakes occasional part-time consultancy visits to rivers and lochs for the Wild Trout Trust.  He is a Board Member of the Atlantic Salmon Trust and of their Honorary Scientific Committee.  In his “spare” time, he has for many years run a small hatchery for Pitlochry Angling Club, rearing and stocking wild brown trout.