Missing Salmon Project – update 2

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Missing Salmon Project


Launched in the Spring of 2018, The Missing Salmon Project, is the clarion call that salmon conservation organisations are rallying round to try and halt, and then reverse, further decline. It is an ambitious and collaborative plan which, through the exemplar of The Moray Firth Tracking Project, aims to piece together the mystery of what happens to our smolts as they migrate downstream and out to sea.

The first Missing Salmon booklet was produced in March 2018, and since then a great deal has happened in the planning, fundraising and project design of The Moray Firth Tracking project which is due to start in early 2019.

In this second booklet the Atlantic Salmon Trust and Partners spell out in much more detail the project plan for The Moray Firth Tracking Project giving you a detailed breakdown of the aims and objectives, geography, timings, equipment, finances and likely outcomes.

Starting to solve the mystery of our missing salmonDownload

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What is in the large picture, salmon, no they are missing, it is some foreign trout.
Who is in charge of this nonsense?
People who should no better.
Leaving aside the fact that they couldn't find a picture of an Atlantic Salmon...

If you or I went down to the river with a trout rod and a team of small wets in April and started catching and releasing smolts all day long they would have something to say about it. But they can trap them and stuff sodding great tags in them and it's OK.

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Tags don't harm the fish. If they did there would be no point putting them in to track them. It's a worthwhile project, notwithstanding impertinent photos.
 

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Tags don't harm the fish. If they did there would be no point putting them in to track them. It's a worthwhile project, notwithstanding impertinent photos.

Have you seen the size of the tags? These aren't fin tags, they are cutting the fish open and putting something close to the size of an AAA battery in the body cavity and sewing them up again!


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Have you seen the size of the tags? These aren't fin tags, they are cutting the fish open and putting something close to the size of an AAA battery in the body cavity and sewing them up again!


Andy
I know. But the fish are okay with them (although to be fair I haven't asked any). But they don't keel over and sink to the bottom. It's the only way to track them.
 

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I know. But the fish are okay with them (although to be fair I haven't asked any). But they don't keel over and sink to the bottom. It's the only way to track them.

I was speaking to one of the boffins involved with this (he is actually doing the tagging) and he had said he thought too many of the smolts were either killed directly by the tagging or left unfit and easier targets for predators.
A tag the size of a AAA battery in a 6 icnh smolt, it's madness.

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Same here. If small fish are tagged it may be different, but survival was good for adult fish. I repeat, if you don't tag you can't do the research.
 

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I know. But the fish are okay with them (although to be fair I haven't asked any). But they don't keel over and sink to the bottom. It's the only way to track them.
You know nothing, until you get some knowledge you should but out.
Have a look at the figures, when was the biggest death rate?
 

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I thought it would go without saying that the transmitters would be tested on fish and the survival rate worked out?
I don't know what I expected but it wasn't fish getting cut open and stitched up with tm inside them.
Apparently 60% never made it to salt water?

Al
 

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Look at page 13 and we have the River Connon could this be the River Conon in the real world?
And these clowns are begging for money and they cannot even spell the name of seven rivers!
 

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You know nothing, until you get some knowledge you should but out.
Have a look at the figures, when was the biggest death rate?
How do you know I know nothing? Because you think you know better? What qualifies you to make such strong assertions? Point me to your evidence. If so many fish were dying, the project would have collapsed.
 

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How do you know I know nothing? Because you think you know better? What qualifies you to make such strong assertions? Point me to your evidence. If so many fish were dying, the project would have collapsed.
The project will not collapse as those involved are still drawing wages.
 
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