Biosecurity

Keeping the Dee safe from disease is vital for the well being of the river and its fish populations and other wildlife

Biosecurity measures are a vital tool in keeping our rivers, not just the Dee, safe from disease


We would like to draw anglers', canoeists' and other river users attention to our Keeping Disease Out Bulletin and Conservation Code 2021

The River Dee Trust has also just completed a revised Biosecurity Plan in partnership with the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI). The Biosecurity Plan combines the Dee and neighbouring Don district and details work that has been undertaken and recommends actions required to address biosecurity issues within the area. The plan duration is ten years and will therefore remain active throughout this period, being updated to accommodate new research or legislative changes.

River Dee and River Don Biosecurity Plan 2021-2030


Also, take a look at the Institute of Fisheries Management's guide to biosecurity for fisheries.


Please remember to:

  • Check your gear after leaving the water for mud, aquatic animals or plant material. Remove anything you find and leave it at the site.
  • Clean everything thoroughly as soon as you can, paying attention to nets, waders, and areas that are damp and hard to access. Use hot water if possible.
  • Dry everything for as long as possible before using elsewhere as some invasive plants and animals can survive for two weeks in damp conditions.


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"All anglers are requested to read and act upon the biosecurity measures in place for each beat to prevent the introduction of Gyrodactylus salaris and other diseases to the Dee. This will involve the disinfection of waders and landing nets prior to fishing. All beats have the appropriate facilities on site but it may be necessary to check whether you will be required to disinfect the equipment prior to arrival or at one of the disinfecting stations listed on www.fishdee.co.uk."

Dee Conservation Code 2016