2014 fin clipping and stocking

At the Spey Fishery Board’s Stocking Sub-Committee it was decided that some of the hatchery’s fish would have their adipose fin removed to facilitate identification during monitoring and if caught in the future. With the lack of resources available, the Ghillies were asked if they would be able to assist in this fin clipping, as they had done last year. The request was met with an overwhelming response, with 23 volunteers who were keen to assist and began helping with the project at the Board’s Sandbank Hatchery. The Ghillies, and volunteers, spent every evening from Monday 25th August until they completed the task by 9:00pm on Friday 29th August.

Delfur ghillies, Davie Mackintosh and Mark Melville fin clipping

Delfur ghillies, Davie Mackintosh and Mark Melville fin clipping

Josh Walker and Orne Sigurhasson

Josh Walker and Orne Sigurhasson

Mike Mackay and Mike Murdoch

Mike Mackay and Mike Murdoch

Rory Patterson and Grant Morrison

Rory Patterson and Grant Morrison

The clipping shed at the hatchery

The clipping shed at the hatchery

The tremendous effort by the Ghillies from the length of the river, who gave up their evenings, is really appreciated. Credit must also go to the Hatchery Manager, Jimmy Woods, who produced fry in excellent condition, thus assuring them the best possible start to their long and hazardous journey to the feeding grounds in the far North Atlantic.

SFB Chairman, Brian Doran, who also helped to fin clip at the hatchery, said, “I am extremely grateful to all the Ghillies for giving up their spare time to contribute towards this project and for their continued support and passion for the fish in the river.”

The hatchery produced 207,000 fed fry, of which 180,000 had their adipose fin clipped. The fin clipped fry are subsequently being released into the following burns: Tommore, Rothes, Batten, Corrie, Mackalea, Cromdale and the lower mainstem. The stocking was all done as mitigation; either for man-made obstacles, losses due to pollution incidents and the major fish kill in the lower river during the recent large spate.

Hatchery manager Jillmy woods and Fishery Board bailiff Ally Grantbag the fish up read for planting out.

Hatchery manager Jimmy woods and Fishery Board bailiff Ally Grant bag the fish up ready for planting out.

No short cuts were taken with the transportation for the fry!

No short cuts were taken with the transportation for the fry!

Left to Right: Ghillie Jim Lowe, SFB Head Bailiff Richard Whyte, Hatchery Manager Jimmy Woods & Mr and Mrs Guy Macpherson Grant & family.

Left to Right: Ghillie Jim Lowe, SFB Head Bailiff Richard Whyte, Hatchery Manager Jimmy Woods & Mr and Mrs Guy Macpherson Grant & family.

Josh Walker and Jim Lowe carefully decant the fry into containers ready for planting out into their new habitat.

Josh Walker and Jim Lowe carefully decant the fry into containers ready for planting out into their new habitat.

The upper Tommore Burn

The upper Tommore Burn

All photos courtesy of Mr Steve Brand

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. George Bramley at 10:14 pm

    Common sense at last….
    As a fisherman it was a wonderful sight to see the Spey board putting something back into the river today at Craigellachie.

    Its a good start, now lets see the hatchery at full production.

    I have some photographs and video if anyone would like to see them.

  2. Henry Taylor at 10:12 pm

    Fantastic to see some salmon fry being put in the river whilst fishing today. At last some action from the board – long may it continue!

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