24th July 2019

Aberdeen Harbour Donates Tags to Salmon Study

Aberdeen Harbour Board has donated innovative electronic tags to the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board, as it undertakes a new project to examine salmon movements. 

The high-tech scheme aims to help the conservation charity better manage their stock by examining their movements and pinpointing which rivers they head for. 

Around 60 adult salmon will be caught and fitted with the innovative devices over the next three weeks, before being released back into the wild. 

Keith Young, Engineering Director of Aberdeen Harbour Board, said: "These acoustic tags were an innovative and invaluable way for us to track salmon during our 2017 Nigg Bay salmon tracking study.  Understanding and protecting our marine environment is a vital part of our South Harbour expansion and we are pleased that these tags can be used to improve our understanding of salmon movement around the Scottish coast."

Director of the Fishery Board, Chris Conroy, spoke about the exciting initiative, saying: "Last year's Scottish catches were the lowest on record, causing great concern, and evidence-based management is a key part of the solution. 

"We will be tagging over a three-week period.  This will provide information on the direction and time of travel of the fish, survival rates and their last-known position.  This will allow us to better manage our fragile fish stocks.

"We would ask that if any angler catches a tagged fish, please do not remove the tag.  Simply record the unique number on the blue 'Floy' tag, release the fish and notify the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board."