Over the years we have improved the quality and quantity of spawning and rearing habitat available for salmon. This is the bread and butter of managing the catchment. The purpose of habitat management is ensure that for the fish, which have survived to spawn, their eggs have the best chance of survival and the fry and parr thrive to smolt in good numbers so we get as many to sea as possible. Fish that are born and develop in the river are strong and well adapted. The population of wild Atlantic salmon has been part of the Dee since the last ice age and it is those fish that have the best chance of surviving the rigours of in-river life and ocean migration to return and spawn as adults.


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A Million Trees to Save Our Salmon

January 30, 2020

The River Dee Trust has announced plans to plant a million native trees in one of the biggest nature restoration projects in the Cairngorms. The project will recreate areas of landscape that have been lost for 2000 years.

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