SALMON THREAT: BIRD PREDATION
Several species of fish-eating birds are present on the River Tay that are known to eat juvenile salmon. There are increasing concerns that goosanders and cormorants, particularly, could be having a significant effect on numbers of smolts that eventually make it to sea. Marine Scotland have even commissioned research at a national level to quantify the issue.
In the meantime, the Board does receive a licence from SNH to help scare such birds from the river but with increased pressure on salmon it is clear the Board must be effective as it can be. Therefore, more intensive counts of birds are being undertaken on the river, both by the Tay Ghillies Association and the Board and more scaring effort will be deployed, particularly in spring when smolts are migrating.