Salmon farmers fund five wild fish restoration projects

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A total of £120,000 has been awarded to organizations this year as part of a partnership between Salmon Scotland and Fisheries Management Scotland to address the long-term decline in wild salmon populations.

Now in its second year, the £1.5million Wild Salmonid Fund is funded directly by Salmon Scotland and managed by the independent charity Foundation Scotland.

The West Harris Trust has been awarded £35,000 to save the leaking Fincastle Dam which supports the west shore of Loch Fincastle and connects the Luskentyre Estuary to the fresh water of the loch and the River Laxdale where wild salmon progress to its spawning grounds.

The other four projects are:

  • Argyll Fisheries Trust has received £20,342 to fund improvements to the River Ruel and River Eachaig in the Cowal Peninsula, to reduce rates of bank erosion and fine sediment entering the rivers.
  • Ayrshire Rivers Trust has been awarded £16,775 to undertake a restoration project which will aim to address excessive amounts of silt in the Brockloch Burn.
  • Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust has received £22,190 to address issues of tree cover, stream cover and bank erosion at 15 of five burn sites across the catchment.
  • Skye and Lochalsh Rivers Trust has been awarded £25,729 to purchase practical and technological equipment that will enable the Trust to undertake an acoustic telemetry monitoring study of adult sea trout.

“Salmon farmers have a common desire to address decades-long declines in wild salmon populations – one of Scotland’s most iconic species,” Salmon Scotland chief executive Tavish Scott said in a statement. A press release.

“By supporting community-led projects to restore our rivers, we are helping to reverse the decline in wild salmon numbers and identify solutions that work not just here in Scotland, but globally,” he said. he adds.

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