The Board and Trust work to protect and enhance salmon stocks on the Dee. Salmon spend their lives in the river, the estuary and marine environment during their life cycle. Fishery managers have a number of management options open to them to protect and enhance wild salmon stocks.
We have much more control and influence in freshwater than we do out at sea; accordingly, all our efforts to date have been in freshwater and are based on our knowledge and understanding of the river and its habitat. In practice, there are four main ways to manage a river like the Dee:
- Restoring Access
- Reducing Exploitation
- Improving habitat
In 2016 we launched new work in the marine environment as salmon stocks are driven by increased marine mortality. All of our work in the freshwater, estuarine and marine environments is set out in our current Fisheries Management Plan
You can view 2016 Dee Stock Assessment for a detailed account of stocks on the river.
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.