Fish Stocks

Managing stocks on the Dee sits at the very core of what we do.

The Board and Trust work to protect and enhance salmon stocks on the Dee. Salmon move between the river, 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: 

  1. Restoring Access
  2. Reducing Exploitation
  3. Improving habitat
  4. Stocking

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

It is vital to keep track of the health of our fish populations, to give a warning in times of crisis and to develop national and international support for such times. Fish are also a great indicator of the general health of the river. We undertake monitoring of salmon and trout numbers within the catchment at various stages of their life cycle, to help validate stock status and identify where issues are occurring. 

You can view the 2016 Dee Stock Assessment for a detailed account of stocks on the river.



Smolt Tracking Report Shows Interesting Results

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.

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Tackling Non Native Invasives

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.

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