Salmon tracking project focuses on north-east rivers

A project which tracks salmon in the River Deveron and others in the north-east has entered its second year. It is spearheaded by the Atlantic Salmon Trust as part of the Missing Salmon Alliance.

The project rivers trace the curve of the Moray Firth, from the Shin and Oykel in the Kyle of Sutherland to the Deveron, encompassing the Conon, Spey, Ness and Findhorn.

It’s most recent stage saw the last of 100 smolts tagged on the Spey as part of the wide-ranging tracking scheme.

River boards and trusts on each of the rivers are engaged in tagging smolts, the young salmon ready to set off on their journey along the river courses and into the Moray Firth and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

Teams of river board staff and volunteers deployed equipment into the water earlier this month; including rotary screw traps to temporarily catch the fish and acoustic receivers, which collect signals from the tagged smolts on their journey out to sea.

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