Lord Nickson Hatchery Opening
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.
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.
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.
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
October Board Meeting
The Cromarty Firth Fishery Board Annual meeting will be held at Tor Achilty Power Station on the 7th of October. The meeting is open to the public see details below
2016 Conservation status
Scottish Government have produced a new assessment of the Conservation status of Scottish Rivers, which can be downloaded from the Scottish Government website.
Within the Cromarty Firth Region the Rivers Conon, Alness and Glass have been assessed as Grade 1 whilst the Balnagown River has been assessed as Grade 3.
New Hatchery Progress
The construction of the new hatchery at Contin is going well, is due for completion ahead of schedule and well in time for this seasons broodstock collection.
Construction of frame of new building
Shell of building completed
Interior ready for the installation of new troughs
Orrin Fish Pass Upgrade
After the works last year to restore the fish Pass at Orrin Falls, Fairburn House have carried out further works to improve the pass, with the replacement of a temporary step in the pass with a permanent cross wall.
Within hours of its construction fish were observed clearing the step and moving upstream
Strathrannoch restoration project update
For a number of years the Cromarty Firth Fishery Board has been working with the Forestry Commission to restore riverbank habitats in the headwaters of the Blackwater, Alness and Peffery.
The photograph below shows the view upstream of Forestry Commission ground in Strathrannoch which shows how the banks of the river were before the start of restoration.
The photograph below shows the downstream view on Forestry Commission ground where bankside vegetation is recovering and native trees have been planted and are growing well.
Scottish Government update on Conservation Regulations
Salmon Conservation Regulations – update