Tweed tagging reaches milestone

A thousand salmon have been tagged on the River Tweed in the past decade, as scientists try to find out how many fish are in the river and the number caught by anglers.

The Tweed Foundation has been carrying out the tagging work since 1994, with help to catch the fish coming from some of the in-river netting stations on the lower Tweed.

And at Paxton House’s netting station the 1,000th salmon, a 15-pounder, was tagged by Tweed Foundation biologist Kenny Galt.

The tagging of both salmon and sea-trout in the Tweed is aimed at finding out how many tagged fish are caught later by anglers upstream, which gives a good idea of the overall proportion of all fish caught.

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