Pink salmon caught on the Conon

The first Pink salmon was reported from Lower Fairburn this week. A male fish coming into spawning condition was caught on Lower Fairburn.

Anglers are asked to retain any Pink salmon caught and report the capture to Board staff.

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Pink salmon statement from Fishery Management Scotland

Pink salmon

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catch and release guidance

Catch and release guidance

Catch and release is a very effective tool to protect wild fish stocks to be effective it has to be done carefully and the leaflet below gives some very useful guidance. Hard copies of the leaflet are also available and will be distributed to ghillies and angling clubs

170601 – Catch and Release leaflet 2017 (1)

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Volunteer day

There will be a Highland Volunteering event on the 10th of June at Merkinch Nature Reserve in Inverness.
Local Fishery Boards and Trusts will be there and will carry out a demonstration of coastal survey netting.
Highland Outdoor Volunteer Day – Poster – Final

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Regular news updates on twitter

Follow Cromarty Fisheries @CfFisheries on twitter for regular updates on projects in the Cromarty Firth region

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February Board Meeting

There is to be a start of season Board Meeting on Friday the 17th of February at 11am at Tor Achilty Dam

The agenda for the meeting can found at the link below
17 02 17 CFFB Meeting Agenda

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Hatchery Opening

Lord Nickson Hatchery Opening

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On the 14th of December Lord Nickson officially opened the new hatchery at Contin which has been named in his honour in recognition of the enormous contribution he has made and continues to make to salmon conservation in the Cromarty Firth region.

The opening was attended by Board members, local anglers, Board and SSE staff. Lord Nickson took the opportunity to emphasise the importance of the close working partnership between the Cromarty Firth Fishery Board and SSE. He also was able to thank the SSE engineers for their achievement in completing such a complex project in the very limited time period between the demolition of the old hatchery in June and the start of broodstock collection in November.

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Fish Trap Open Day

Fish trap Open Day

The annual Fish Trap Open Day at the Blackwater Fish Trap will take place on Saturday the 3rd of December between 10 and 12 am

This popular event allows members of the public to see wild Atlantic salmon at close quarters and to learn about the mitigation hatchery operation on the Conon.

To get to the Blackwater Fish Trap take the A835 from Dingwall towards Ullapool. The access track and car parking is on the right immediately after the Tarvie Café.

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IFM Award

IFM Award

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For the last two years Edward Rush has been studying for the Institute of Fisheries Management Diploma. This has been a significant commitment on top of a very busy workload managing the bailiffing team. Not only has Edward passed the examinations but has been awarded the Phil Hickley Award for the best research project. Edward was given the award at the recent IFM conference by Sarah Chare Director of Fisheries the Environment Agency.

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Tor Achilty Count

Follow the link below for the most recent fish count at Tor Achilty Dam. At nearly 1,600 fish by mid-September this is the highest count recorded since 1979.Torr Achilty 38

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