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.

The upper Garry and tributaries

This area is dry at present but we hope to come to an agreement with SSE to have flow restored in the next few years. However, the proposed flows may not be ideal for encouraging salmon to spawn throughout the newly re-watered area.

Upper Tummel

The western part of the Tummel catchment is well understocked with salmon because of the difficulties of access to that area owing to the number of dams, weirs (…) present.

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