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