The Board is currently recruiting for two new positions: Fisheries Biologist and Fisheries Officer / bailiff. Please see the job adverts and descriptions on the publications page for further details.
Consultation on proposed conservation measures to introduce a licensing system for killing wild salmon in Scotland
The Board has submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the above proposals. The response can be found here: –Beauly DSFB Response – Consultation on Licenced Killing of Wild Salmon
An update report from the contractor instructed by NBFT to undertake a survey and treatment of non-native invasive plant species is attached here: – INNPS Coille Alba Update report November 2014
A former bridge apron, identified as a potential barrier to fish passage, has been eased as a consequence of works carried out by Ness & Beauly Fisheries Trust in conjunction with SEPA. Removal of this barrier should enable fish to access a far greater length of this burn for spawning. A photo of the burn following the works is shown below.
The Beauly District Fishery Board has approved the Beauly Cathment Fisheries Management Plan prepared in conjunction with Ness & Beauly Fisheries Trust. The Plan will run from 2014 to 2020 and covers proposed actions to tackle amongst other things predation, non-native species, barriers to migration illegal fishing and riparian habitat improvement.
The full plan can be viewed on the Publications page of this website.
For the first time in over 60 years no salmon were taken by netsmen in the Inverness Firth during the 2013 season – and a new agreement has been reached to extend a key salmon conservation measure for a further year.
The Beauly District Salmon Fishery Board, working in partnership with the Ness District Fishery Board, has reached agreement with two key net and cobble operators to close their stations for the entire 2014 season through to May 2015.
Chris Conroy, Director of the Ness & Beauly Fisheries Trust, said: ”The total number of salmon reported by nets in our area in 2012 was 542. This number was reduced to zero in 2013 as a result of a landmark salmon conservation agreement.
“This is the first time in at least 61 years that no fish were recorded by our net fishery, making this a major milestone in salmon conservation and a real boost for the Ness and Beauly systems.
“Being able to extend this agreement for a further year is excellent news for all with an interest in wild salmon populations and is pivotal to our strategy for reversing the decline of the Ness population.
“It illustrates how netsmen and rod and line interests can work together in the name of salmon conservation. We are also actively investigating joint research opportunities with the netsmen, so that their skills and experience can be used to further our understanding of salmon and sea trout movements with the Firth.”
Marine Scotland Science, in conjunction with RAFTS and NBFT, has published its report into salmon genetics in the Ness & Beauly catchments. This was undertaken as part of the Scotland wide FASMOP programme. A copy of the report can be found at: – http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/marine/science/Publications/publicationslatest/Science/MSSR/2013/1713
The main focus of the Board’s attention on barrier removal in 2013 has been the barrier on the Culburnie burn. Discussions continue with SEPA staff with a view to speedy removal as part of the overall RAFTS/SEPA project, however progress is slow. SEPA and NBFT will now draw up plans with an associated timescale and further details should be available shortly.
In 2013 the Ness & Beauly Fisheries Trust (NBFT) continued its work on non-native species in the Beauly District Fishery Board catchment. The treatment of Japanese Knotweed on the Bridgend Burn, Beauly appears to have been largely successful and follow up treatments will be undertaken, assuming landowner permission, in 2014. A survey was undertaken within the catchment during the summer to facilitate mapping of the extent of the non-native plant issue on the Beauly catchment. This also resulted in a small area of Himalayan balsam being removed by the contractor. The data will be assessed and a strategy for control/removal of key species developed.
(Posted 17/2/14) The total recorded catch for 2013 was disappointing. Although spring catches were encouraging, the summer fishing was difficult. As with much of the country, the prolonged drought resulted in low river levels, high temperatures with consequent weed growth and low oxygen levels. Fish were dour and unwilling to take. The dam count figures indicate a lower than average run, but not quite as poor as the catches alone would suggest. As with most recent years, the grilse arrived a little later than was historically the case.
Dam Counts: – Figures received from SSE for Aigas Dam up to 3 November 2013 indicate a total run through the dam to the upper beats of approximately 3,002 fish. This is below the 5-year average of around 3,900, primarily due to a weaker grilse run. Final year figures are still awaited from SSE.