Severe Pollution on the River Ayr

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By now, there are pictures circulating on social media re a serious pollution incident on the River Ayr at Catrine. Ayrshire Rivers Trust were quickly made aware of the problem  and were in attendance within 15 minutes of hearing of the developing situation. We can’t state any more than the Board have been kept informed […]

Nethermills Hydro Update

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Contractors faced difficulties when they entered the river to start excavating a pool below where the Archimedes Screw turbine with sit. They has installed a temporary dam made of tonne bags filled with stone however, it soon became obvious that the depths would not allow them to carry on working while keeping the lower fish […]

Hydro Development at Nethermills

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Work at Nethermills is underway to build an Archimedes Screw type hydro scheme. This work will continue all summer and autumn but by November should be complete and the new green energy supply operational. However, there’s a lot to be done and fish passage must be maintained throughout the construction period although it is accepted […]

Smolt Migration at Catrine

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With April being a very dry month, flow in the river is at base levels and as low as we’ve seen for many years. At the time when smolts are descending the river, this is a worrying time as they are easily delayed by a lack of water and this leaves them vulnerable to predation […]

Code of Conduct for River Ayr anglers 2021

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River Ayr District Salmon Fishery Board Code of Conduct 2021. The river and its tributaries are Category 3 status and all rod caught salmon must be returned. The National policy for catch and release in a category 3 river applies to the River Ayr in 2021. It is mandatory that all angling clubs and anglers […]