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    Default Moray Firth Tracking Project Underway

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    Matt Newton of the Atlantic Salmon Trust gets the Moray Firth Tracking Project underway today with the deployment of receivers that will shortly listen for salmon smolts tagged with acoustic tracking devices.
    Over the course of three years this project, the largest of its kind ever undertaken in Europe will help to find out where and why Atlantic salmon are dying as they migrate down seven major rivers in the Moray Firth, out through the estuaries and for up to the first 100 km of their oceanic migration. In 2019 the work will tell us where these fish are dying, so that we may focus our attention to find out what is killing them and how we can practically help more survive.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Editor View Post
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    Matt Newton of the Atlantic Salmon Trust gets the Moray Firth Tracking Project underway today with the deployment of receivers that will shortly listen for salmon smolts tagged with acoustic tracking devices.
    Over the course of three years this project, the largest of its kind ever undertaken in Europe will help to find out where and why Atlantic salmon are dying as they migrate down seven major rivers in the Moray Firth, out through the estuaries and for up to the first 100 km of their oceanic migration. In 2019 the work will tell us where these fish are dying, so that we may focus our attention to find out what is killing them and how we can practically help more survive.



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    Whilst ALLprojects like this should be applauded/supported, is one slightly obvious point missed here.
    What is the conclusion if mortality in smolts is low up to the 100km oceanic migration?
    We will find out where/why smolts are dying below that distance, but the reasons why are already acknowledged.
    What do we conclude if there is no significant mortality up to that distance, and none return?
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    Last edited by wrongfoot; 28-03-2019 at 10:34 PM. Reason: Not worth the comment

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    Default Re: Moray Firth Tracking Project Underway

    Got to get past the explosion of seals and other predators first.

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    0.7 seconds into the video and I had to stop watching it, the Firth is called the Moray Firth pronounced Murry as in the tennis players not Moray as in the eel. You would think could get that right.
    They have eventually got the Conon spelt correctly, not Connon as first published in their leaflets. Now all they need to do is get rid of the 2 Pacific Steelhead from their literature and we could maybe begin.
    And they want me to trust them to slice open smolts and glue in a tracker the size of a AAA battery.

    Amateurs bloody amateurs.
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    For those who thought I was exaggerating, looks like a Steelhead to me.
    Perhaps all the salmon were missing when they taking the pics!!
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    Now you've started it I would add that the 'font' type used for the headlines is so inappropriate for a scientific research project if you want to take it seriously.

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    Default Re: Moray Firth Tracking Project Underway

    Quote Originally Posted by wrongfoot View Post
    Presumably we can better understand the value of interventions within the area of the study and if there are no significant mortalities with in that area we know where to target future studies. We can have realistic expectations of our own interventions and if we already understand this then the study may be of value adding to the dataset to weigh against the (too often) usual tactics of vested interests who may lobby referencing other "studies" and propose another convenient narrative.

    If the impacts are outside our national remit that's not the end of things, we could part fund a study hosted by another country or ask for changes there. That can happen, it did when we were the "dirty man of europe" causing acid rain impacts to Scandinavia we were pushed to clean up. Nearly all of the countries/territories the salmon visit have some link with the EU and whatever else the EU does or doesn't do it does have environmental objectives as a core part of its work. I'm not interested in starting a B word debate just saying that our neighbours don't just look at research from their own countries and that they might be subject to some pressure.
    Up to 100km out for some rivers in the catchment, means smolts will still be in Moray Firth, nowhere near our neighbours!

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    Would tracking migration from the Helmsdale and rivers around it be more beneficial? Would you see if they run the Pentland? 100km probably gets you to about Wick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codyarrow View Post
    Would tracking migration from the Helmsdale and rivers around it be more beneficial? Would you see if they run the Pentland? 100km probably gets you to about Wick.
    Well there is a large Windmill complex being built in the Moray Firth, to get planning permission they had to give some funds to some research.

    Along trot the AST and are prepared to do some research and a few million quid will come in handy.

    The jobs a good un, as long as they look at smolts going into the Moray Firth.
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