River Bran smolt trapping

River Bran smolt trapping

There appears to be a strong smolt run this spring with nearly 8,000 smolts trapped at the  Bran smolt trap near Achanalt by early May.  The smolts are transported by road (past a hydro dam which prevents downstream passage) and released below the lowest hydro dam on the Conon system.  Every year a thousand of these smolts are tagged with electronic PIT tags which are then read back as the returning adults pass upstream through hydro dams.


Bran Trap in operation



Smolts in trap box ready for transfer




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