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Monthly News Update
April 2015

Welcome to the monthly update from ASFB and RAFTS. 

There is a lot happening in Scotland's fishery management sector. This update provides a snapshot of current activity. We hope that you find it interesting and informative.

The April update includes news about:

  • Wild Fisheries Review and associated business
  • Other consultations and proposals
  • ASFB and RAFTS events and publications
  • Projects
Policy and external engagement 

Scottish Government: ASFB and RAFTS have been in regular contact with officials on a number of issues including: the wild fisheries review and licensed killing of salmon proposals.

River Basin Management Plans:  SEPA consulted on objectives and measures for the water environment for the next two RBMP cycles, up to 2027. The consultation for the Scotland river basin district closed on April 9th and the ASFB and RAFTS response may be viewed HERE.

Proposal for licensing system - killing of salmon: The Scottish Government consultation on proposals to create a licensing system governing the killing of salmon has now closed. This has generated considerable debate within the network and a wide range of views have been expressed on the proposal. Extensive consultation and discussion has been undertaken by ASFB with members in order to identify a broad view of the membership. A copy of the ASFB and RAFTS responses may be viewed respectively HERE and HERE.

Review of Wild Fisheries Management - Ministers are expected to launch a formal consultation on the review in Spring 2015. ASFB and RAFTS have formed a joint Working Group (JWG) to develop ideas and identify information requirements needed to inform the decision making process within both organisations. The aim is to give the members and their representatives an informed baseline from which to develop their response to proposals arising from the review and ensure they best meet our fishery management interests. A dedicated page on both ASFB and RAFTS websites has been developed to ensure all information on the ASFB and RAFTS input is freely available. The webpage may be viewed on the ASFB and RAFTS websites HERE and HERE, where further information on the JWG, minutes and associated business may be found.

Bailiff Development Group – The Group met at the Tay DSFB office on 14 April and discussed a range of matters, including liaison with Police Scotland, training and continuous professional development for bailiffs, licensed killing of salmon proposals and future prospects for the bailiff network. The draft minutes will be published shortly. See HERE for more information on the Group.

IFM – ASFB met with the Institute of Fisheries Management in Newcastle on 15 April to discuss roles in fishery management and how these might be aligned to relevant training. This will help develop thinking on where gaps in training exist and how these might be filled.

New economic study - Marine Scotland have commissioned Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC) to assess the value and economic impact of Wild Fishing (in rivers and lochs) in Scotland, and the future growth prospects for the sector. PACEC have asked a wide range of stakeholders within the sector to contribute to this study via a survey, and ASFB and RAFTS have circulated this within the network. If you wish to find out more about this project, contact PACEC at
Events & publications

Annual Review 2015 - The ASFB and RAFTS Annual Review for 2015 was launched at the Conference – a copy may be downloaded HERE

Annual Bailiffs Examination –30 candidates sat the bailiff’s examination on the 4 March. The results of the examination have been assessed and once these have been externally verified they will be released as a matter of priority.
In-river barriers

RAFTS is pleased to have secured funding from Scottish Government for a second full-time employee to help deliver WFD Classification upgrades through barrier easement and removal projects. The role has been advertised and may be viewed HERE, and the successful candidate will work closely with the RAFTS team and the SEPA Water Environment Fund.  RAFTS also continues to develop plans to provide training and support (where required) to trusts in order that they can apply to the Water Environment Fund directly and then manage barrier and morphology projects directly.
RAFTS currently manages 6 ‘live’ projects concerning the easement or removal of in-river barriers to fish migration. These 6 projects encompass 13 currently impassable structures, and funding for scoping, design and physical works is provided through regular applications to the SEPA Water Environment Fund.
  • River Almond, West Lothian: 7 barriers – Phase 1 (initial surveys/sediment sampling) complete and formally reported by Mott MacDonald. Phase 2 (feasibility and optioneering) has been awarded to Atkins Ltd, and is well under way. Public engagement meetings will take place in the next 2 weeks, followed by survey work at each site. We anticipate work concluding mid-late summer, at which point the design phase will go to tender
  • River Avon, South Lanarkshire – 2 barriers: Phase 1 (feasibility and optioneering) is complete, with the exception of some coring investigations that continue to be hampered by river conditions. Levels are being assessed on a daily basis by Atkins Ltd and as soon as the specialist coring sub-contractors are able to (under health and safety protocols), this work will be carried out. Subject to the findings, it is proposed that a Phase 2 (design) tender will be advertised in the coming months
  • River Don, Tullynessie Weir - 1 barrier: Productive discussions have taken place regarding a way forward for this project in terms of local implementation and landowner negotiations, and it is expected that the project will be back on-line in the short term
  • Gottar Water Weir, Inverclyde - 1 barrier: Phase 1 (feasibility and optioneering) application was approved in late 2014, and the tender was awarded to Royal Haskoning DHV in spring 2015. Initial walkover surveys have taken place (including ecological survey and sediment sampling), and a successful public engagement meeting was held on-site recently. It is envisaged that this project phase will conclude in mid-Summer 2015
  • Creamery Weir, Dumfries & Galloway - 1 barrier: Phase 2 (design) application was approved in late 2014. The tender was awarded to JBA Consulting in mid-April, and initial surveys have already taken place. We anticipate work on this phase of the project concluding in late summer
  • Corrie Burn Weir, Spey – 1 barrier: This project remains on hold while RAFTS and SEPA determine a way forward in collaboration with the local authority. The project needs to address the concerns of Moray Council as the structure is situated close to the foot of a wall which supports a public road. SEPA and RAFTS will be meeting with Moray Council shortly to determine a way forward
  • An application was made to the SEPA Water Environment Fund in April. This is a RAFTS-led project (in collaboration with Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust) to remove a structure at Morsgail on the Isle of Lewis, and we anticipate a funding decision from SEPA in late June. RAFTS is also supporting an application submitted by Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust to ease or remove a large barrier on the Diebidale Burn (Carron catchment)
Pearls in Peril (PiP) LIFE Project
  • Prepared Statements of Requirement for tenders, which have been issued by SNH, for in stream restoration works at Alt An Slugain, Invercauld, the car bank on Mar Lodge Estate near Braemar, and the flood bank at Mar Lodge
  • Attended site meeting with landowner, EnviroCentre (our civil engineering contractor) and prospective construction contractors for in stream works on the South Esk and Whitewater
  • Applied for CAR licences for works on the River Dee at Sluie/Commonty and Banchory. Discussions with planning authority re: these and other potential sites on the River Dee
  • Led site visit for Hill Land Use Discussion Group in Glen Doll
  • Attended Fluvial Geomorphology training course
  • Ongoing land manager liaison for potential SRDP AEC proposals on Middle and Upper Deeside
  • Plans for £20k PiP riparian planting site in Upper South Esk catchment being refined & consulted
  • Post-winter maintenance for completed PiP works on Deeside facilitated
  • Project Officer annual leave and office IT system upgrade have taken up remainder of time
  • Achieved national news coverage of Riverwatch scheme with press release
  • Launched River Kerry Riverwatch
  • Carried out site visits to 4 SAC's
  • Planned the launch of 3 coming Riverwatch schemes
  • Recruited Riverwatch volunteers
Scottish Mink Initiative (SMI)
  • Coordinator gave presentation son the SMI to the Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire Local SWT group and at the West Sutherland Ghillies Seminar
  • Four mink were trapped (1 x male on the Spey, 2 unknown sex on Beauly and Isla (Tay) and 1 x female on the Deveron catchments), two new volunteers were recruited(one on the Tay and one on the Spey) and five new rafts were put out (3 on the Spey, 1 on the Dee and 1 on the Tay catchments)
RAFTS Project Development
  • Funds for the Sweep Netting programme undertaken by several west coast Trusts have been secured for financial year 2014-15
  • RAFTS has secured support for the implementation and decentralisation of the Barrier Easement Programme
Training & courses
  • In late April 17 delegates attended a ‘Stage 2’ Fluvial Geomorphology course, facilitated by RAFTS and delivered by Professor Malcolm Newson, formerly of the Tyne Rivers Trust. The course followed on from 2 ‘Stage 1’ courses held last year. Malcolm’s encyclopaedic knowledge and infectious enthusiasm was once again on show, and initial feedback from delegates has been very positive. RAFTS will continue to look for opportunities to run courses which interest our members.

Upcoming dates and events

NASCO 32nd meeting, Canada - 2-5 June 2015

12th Stakeholder Forum on Non-Native Species to be held at The Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh on Tuesday 16 June 2015.

2nd International Sea Trout Symposium, Crown Plaza Hotel, Dundalk - 20-22 October 2015


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