A key role of the Spey Foundation is to monitor the health of salmon and trout stocks throughout the Spey catchment. A rotational monitoring system has been established with selected tributaries and the mainstem surveyed annually. In 2012 the Dulnain, Nethy, Druie, upper Spey, some of the Spey burns and stocked sites were surveyed in detail. Emphasis has been placed on making the report visual and readable.
As 60% of the wetted area available for migratory salmonids is to be found in the Spey mainstem it is surveyed annually using a timed electrofishing protocol. The results from the Spey mainstem in 2012 were encouraging with salmon fry found at all but two of the 61 sites surveyed along the mainstem, both of which were above Spey Dam. This years results from the timed sites were classified using the Spey 2012 results, in future years the classification will be developed and based on a five year rolling average.
The results from the tributary sites were variable as expected. Some of the tributaries surveyed in 2012 were at the lower end of the instream productivity scale on the Spey catchment and fish densities in areas would naturally be low. In order to put the results from the tributary sites in context they were classified according to the SFCC Moray Firth Region categories, corrected for stream width.
Considerable effort was placed on monitoring the salmon stocking undertaken by the Spey Fishery Board. Monitoring of sites stocked in 2011 and 2012 with 0+ parr were completed as well as two burns stocked with fry in June 2012.
The report can be read by clicking here.