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Meeting Postponed: Skye & Wester Ross Fisheries Trust Open Day

Posted: Thursday 12 May, 2016 @ 12:29:03

This meeting, scheduled to take place on 2nd June at the Loch Torridon Centre, has been CANCELLED. Instead, the meeting will be rescheduled for late October early November 2016: date to follow.


PS Now rescheduled to take place on Monday 24th October.

To mark their amalgamation, The Skye and Wester Ross Fisheries Trust invites you to an Open Day to review their on–going fisheries research and management activities and to consider how far reaching changes proposed by the Scottish Government’s wild fisheries review can be best delivered to provide the broadest benefit to the river systems in Skye and Wester Ross.

We are going to be based for the day at the Loch Torridon Centre, a wonderful venue at the head of Loch Torridon surrounded by some of Scotland’s most spectacular mountains. In 2015, with help from local NTS and estate staff, Wester Ross Fisheries Trust carried out a series of activities to monitor sea trout in the nearby estuary and Torridon River; following high levels of sea lice on nearby salmon farms [see Torridon Sea trout report 2015].  The on-going salmon farm sea lice issue remains of concern for wild fisheries interests on both the Isle of Skye and Wester Ross.

The day will include illustrated talks and demonstrations covering fisheries monitoring techniques in both freshwater and the sea, the ecology of the river habitat and the factors limiting the productivity of salmon, sea trout and other important species. Also included will be a review of fisheries management within the area, as new legislation towards the formation of Fisheries Management Organisations progresses. 

The meeting will include presentations by Prof Dave Barclay (WRFT Chair), Ian Lindsay (Skye FT Chair), Isabel Moore (Skye FT Biologist) and Peter Cunningham (WRFT Biologist), and there will be plenty of time for all participants to contribute to discussions.

The day will be of interest to anglers, managers, conservation organisations, local government and others concerned with the management of productive rivers and coastal waters in Skye and Wester Ross providing the widest socio – economic benefits to local communities and the rural economy.

Further details to follow:

Please contact Peter Cunningham if you are interested in attending.