Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board

Protecting and Improving The Tay System

  • hatchery kelt tank
  • hatching egg
  • collecting egg from kelt

ASSISTING NATURAL RECOVERY

WHY STOCKING THE TAY DISTRICT

It is recognised that stocking has a valuable role to play in the development of salmon stocks in the district but that it must be managed carefully to avoid negative impacts and waste.
The main aim of salmon stocking in the Tay district is therefore to assist the natural recovery of salmon populations where these have been depleted for some reason and where natural recolonisation processes alone are unlikely to be successful except in the very long term. This is done in conjunction with best evidence and guidelines for population restoration and is driven by needs which have been carefully assessed.
Stocking is not undertaken in areas where healthy natural spawning populations are present.
All stocking is carefully assessed and monitored. Our Stocking operations are also regulated by Marine Scotland from whom we have to obtain a license to take broodstock out of season (from mid August onwards). Marine Scotland Stocking Policy can be seen here.
These are the areas we stock currently and the reason why:

 

The upper Garry and tributaries

Flow was restored in 2017 to 13km of the River Garry that had been dry for over 60 years. A major part of our stocking effort is directing at restoring a spring population from scratch.

River Lochay

Salmon densities in this tributary are impacted by partial barriers and water abstraction.

Water of Cononish

For reasons still not fully understood, the Cononish (Dochart headwaters) had very low densities of salmon. After stocking with reconditioned salmon fry the juvenile population has risen markedly.

Water of Dubh Choirein

Stocking may help restore fish to this area or if not, help to identify the cause of poor salmon numbers