Smolts in slow motion

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Here’s a link to a slow motion video shot at Catrine as smolts were rising in the lade. While this is an appreciation of the agility and athleticism of smolts (juvenile salmon) the video highlights one of the main problems facing smolt emigration from the River Ayr when they become drawn into an artificial lade. […]

An update of the situation facing smolts at Catrine

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On the Ayr at Catrine where there has been severe problems for smolts migrating to sea over the last 3 years, we are again seeing smolts within the lade between penstock and screens and an occasion fish trapped in the voes. Hopefully the problem areas where smolts accessed the voes through the screens have been […]

More details of smolts at Catrine

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ART had  a frank discussion with SEPA today over arrangements at Catrine to allow smolt migration. SEPA attended this morning and witnessed a few smolts (12-15) entering the by-wash chamber with most eventually going downstream back to the river. They are of the opinion that there’s no evidence to suggest that the current arrangements aren’t […]

New DSF Board

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A new DSF Board was elected at the last AGM in April and will meet fo the first time on the 30th of this month in ART’s offices at Auchincruive, KA6 5HW. This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. It would be good for the Board to have support […]

Catrine Dam and smolts

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The smolt run is upon us again and we are seeing numbers of smolts increasing at Catrine Dam again this year. Since the small amount of rain we had last week, numbers are steadily increasing between penstock and lade and it seems only a matter of time until we will be facing a repeat of […]

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