Fish farm siting in Scotland Atlantic salmon culture began in the 19 th century in the UK in freshwater as a means of stocking waters with juvenile (“parr”) stages to enhance wild populations for anglers.
- Stocking Methods For Salmon
- The Foundation's Policy on Hatcheries
- The Myth of The Tyne
- The Current Situation
There are several techniques in the artificial stocking toolbox: 1. Translocation of adult fish above obstructions. 2. Egg boxes, planted directly into a tributary. 3. Hatcheries producing fry, parr and semi natural smolt release ponds. 4. Reconditioning kelts (spawned fish) to increase egg collection without depleting wild egg deposition.
Declining numbers of rod caught salmon are symptomatic of problems in the rivers and/or at sea. The Foundation's policy is to deploy methods that deal with the causes rather than the symptoms. An example of the effectiveness of such a policy is the Wye in Victorian times. By 1900 the river was so over-netted that the yearly rod catch had plummeted to below 450. However, it had a pristine and relatively barrier free tributary system. The reduction in netting (cause) in 1901 resulted in a spectacular turn around in salmon numbers, as shown by this graph. This is an example where a hatchery would not have resolved the issue as the cause of the decline (extensive river netting) would not have been corrected.
Another example is the Tyne where the toxic state of the estuary prevented fish entering and leaving the river except in very high flows. In the mid-1960s when the water quality improved sufficiently to allow fish passage, the river became a salmon fishery again (it was a very good one before industrial pollution curtailed the runs, incidentally). The improvement was spectacular and helped further by the removal of the northeast drift nets 2003. Complicating the understanding of the issues behind the recovery, however, was a hatchery that was built to mitigate the effect of Kielder Water. This reservoir blocked off 7% of the catchment, which at the time already supported a good and improving population of salmon. The success of the Tyne recovery has often been incorrectly attributed to this hatchery. However, a long term assessment by the Environment Agency shows that it only accounts for 2% - 7% of the fish returning to the river. Please click here for the Tyne report. Today, both...
The achievable levels of stocking will never restore the Wye's salmon, nor will a hatchery rectify the causes of their decline. We must therefore pursue other methods of restoration that are permanent and sustainable. The Usk also requires work to optimise salmon productivity and these other methods are the best use of available funds for both rivers.
Following a consultation that found no further evidence to support their use, Natural Resources Wales decided to close operating hatcheries in Wales in 2015 and to proscribe stocking salmon in all Welsh rivers. The money used to manage the Wye hatchery has been allocated for works on the river that go above and beyond existing and planned projects. The Cynrig hatchery site is now used for educational and research purposes. Against strong and, at times, fervid opposition, Natural Resources Wales are to be congratulated for staying true to best available scientific evidence and pushing through this controversial but necessary measure. Further reading: The Wild Trout Trust's advice on stocking Mcginnity et al Tweed Stocking Results SFB Briefing July 2011 Dess hatchery 2011 survery bulletin K.A. Young, 2013 Journal of Fish Biology Review Paper - "Maladaptation and phenotypic mismatch in hatchery-reared Atlantic salmon Salmo salar released in the wild." A Review of the Welsh Region Micro...
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The incredible and unique life cycle of the salmon starts here! The Environment Agency’s Salmon centre is the largest conservation Salmon hatchery in England and Wales. Visit the centre to learn all about why the Environment Agency raises thousands of young salmon to be released into the River Tyne - the country's most thriving Salmon river.
The aquaculture industry in the United Kingdom is dominated by the farming of Atlantic salmon (mariculture), which is concentrated in the shoreline waters around Scotland. Smaller aquaculture business include seaweed farming in Yorkshire and Cornwall and a shellfish industry in Wales.
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