Fish sampling

SFCC/IFM Smolt Monitoring Workshop Success

22 May 2014

Thank you to all speakers, attendees and to the Tweed Foundation for making this new event a success. In particular, the support of Paul Coulson at I.F.M is gratefully acknowledged.

Workshop Programme Download

Full presentations are available here:

Bob Laughton

Ronald Campbell

Niall Gauld - Acoustic telemetry

Niall Gauld - Smolt tracking

Chris Gardner


Lawrence Belleni, a couse attendee who works in the River Forth Catchment provided an account of the day:

Working in Natural Flood Management (NFM), the smolt trapping, tracking and monitoring techniques workshop held by the SFCC and Institute of Fisheries Management at the Tweed Foundation maybe wasn’t an obvious choice of course for me. However, I found the presentations and discussions very thought provoking and relevant to the long-term monitoring of NFM projects. The course itself covered the equipment and techniques currently used to monitor smolt migration, and assess the effectiveness and limitations of each technique from acoustic and radio tagging to rotary screw traps. The day also included a site visit to an interesting screw trap incorporated into a weir on the River Yarrow, which provided the opportunity to discuss the monitoring and design of a trap at a specific site. All in all, a great one-day course for learning about smolt monitoring techniques and a very hospitable host in The Tweed Foundation.

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