The Don District Salmon Fishery Board (Don DSFB), the River Don Trust and River Don Brown Trout Improvement Association have joined forces on a new website – a one-stop portal for information on all aspects of the river, one of the north-east’s premier fisheries and Scotland’s sixth largest river.
www.riverdon.org.uk is designed as the central hub for all River Don related items and will include river level data, hosted Farson webcams at Kintore and Strathdon, regular fishery reports and videos of practical research work undertaken by the Trust across the catchment. The site is intended to be a means of engaging with interested members of the public and to disseminate research, guidance and advice
Jon Davison, Chairman of the Don DSFB, said: “Broadly speaking all three organisations have similar aims and remits and the new website reflects this unity. Anglers and all those interested in what is happening on the Don and its future will find a wealth of information here.”
Jamie Urquhart, Biologist for the River Don Trust, explained: “The launch of the new website coincides with the start of an exciting programme of work to improve the Don as a fishery. The Trust has now completed a comprehensive Fisheries Management Plan and we are now focussing on restoration projects including control of invasive species, removal of obstacles to migration and habitat and bank-side improvements.”
Mr Urquhart continued: “We are ambitious in our goals and we will be able to complete restoration projects, many of which are labour-intensive, far quicker if we can recruit volunteers. We would welcome hearing from anyone who would like to assist with important works aimed at restoring habitat and improving future fish numbers.”
The trout fishing season on the River Don opens today April 1.