An invitation to watch Patagonia’s film exploring man’s intervention in salmon farming and hatcheries

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Ayrshire Rivers Trust have arranged to screen the Patagonia produced film ‘Artifishal’ at the University of the West of Scotland, Ayr Campus,  University Avenue, Ayr KA8 0SX on the 3rd July at 6.30pm. The University  is on the banks of the Ayr at Craigie and there’s plenty of parking available. This event is free to attend […]

Rain at Last!

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Finally, after two months with very little rain, the weather has broken and the middle catchment received 18mm in a 24hour period on top of 6mm in the previous 24hour period. That led to the Ayr, Lugar and all the tributary burns coming into spate and giving the river a good clear out. The algae […]

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. […]

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 […]

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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