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Salmon stock scheme for Herefordshire river takes giant leap forward
3:35pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
Volunteers fin-clipping salmon parr for future release into semi-natutal rearing (SNR) ponds and future seeding of River Wye as smolts.
A SCHEME to help improve salmon stocks in the river Wye took a giant leap forward this week.
Sixteen volunteers from Wye Salmon Association [WSA], River Wye Gillies Association [RWGA] and Natural Resource Wales (NRW) staff have prepared 49,000 juvenile salmon for their final growing phase before migration to the North Atlantic.
The project was created in 2011 to research the semi natural rearing (SNR) of salmon smolts as part of a long-term stocking strategy for the river Wye.
NRW Cynrig Hatchery manager, John Taylor, said: “Fin clipping is a vital monitoring tool for the assessment of the SNR programme and this task further demonstrates the power of a successful partnership and shows how enthusiastic and dedicated individuals can work together to achieve a common aim, restoring the salmon runs on the River Wye to sustainable levels.”
He added that the scheme organisers are “extremely grateful” to the volunteers from WSA and RWGA.
SNR uses hatchery technology and the experience of a wild environment which is protected from predators to achieve high survival rates for early juveniles.
The original pilot successfully released small quantities of salmon smolts and the project is now being rolled out to six ponds on the river between Tintern and Builth Wells.
The juveniles will grow naturally through the winter and migrate to sea in the spring of 2014.
It is hoped they will return to the river in 2015 and 2016 as adult salmon to both boost anglers’ catches and breed naturally later in those years.
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