Atlantic salmon is the dominant fish species on the Dee. The River Dee’s designation as a European Special Area of Conservation is partly in recognition of the importance of this salmon population. There are significant numbers of brown trout, generating a sea trout run and supporting a small sea trout fishery. There are also pike and perch present in the few lochs within the catchment, which are targeted by coarse anglers but, generally, do not constitute an economic fishery. There are eels, lampreys (sea, river and brook species), flounder and stickleback, which do not support fisheries.
River Management is focused on the protection of salmon and sea trout stocks, improvement to the instream and riparian habitat and ensuring free passage of migratory fish. The Board is a competent authority under the EU Habitats and Species Directive in terms of the Atlantic salmon component of the Special Area of Conservation designation on the Dee.
Our work has focused on ensuring the river is healthy, as a thriving natural environment equates to healthy, sustainable fish stocks. For example, our work has helped maximize good quality salmon spawning and rearing habitat. Generally, where habitat is good, juvenile salmon numbers are good. The converse is always true; where habitat is poor, numbers of juvenile salmon are always poor and that is where we target our resources.
See 2015 Dee Stock Assessment
December 08, 2016
As a charity, the River Dee Trust has to raise funds to support its work on the River Dee. We have been humbled by the level of support throughout the year. In the last couple of months, we have had two fundraising events, which have raised £11500, all thanks to the community and River Dee family.
November 25, 2016
The 2016 Redd count has been encouraging so far.
October 11, 2016
The smolt tagging and tracking project is a three year programme of work. Fifty smolts, captured in the lower catchment, were fitted with internal acoustic tags and tracked in spring 2016. These smolts were tracked as they migrated through the lower 22 miles of the Dee and inner harbour.
October 06, 2016
Is a hatchery a practical, cost effective, sustainable and beneficial way of boosting rod catches of adult Atlantic Salmon in the Dee?
September 21, 2016
A fantastic effort by Costain volunteers helps Dee Trust in our efforts to combat destructive invasive species
August 31, 2016
The first year of this vital project has been completed and the early results have been interesting
July 22, 2016
The first parr have been recorded on the Culter Catchment in over 200 years
July 14, 2016
To assess health of juvenile fish stocks, we carry out electrofishing surveys each summer, to look at fish densities in different parts of the catchment and see how numbers of fish change over time.
July 07, 2016
The first year of the smolt tagging and tracking project is nearly complete.
July 05, 2016
Tackling invasive non-native plants along the banks of the River Dee – such as Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed, Himalayan balsam and North American skunk cabbage - has become a priority for the River Office because of their potential impact on our river and its existing, native species.
Our fish are important to our local economy. River Bailiffs provide much needed protection from illegal activity.