Improving habitat

Where we have good habitat, we have good numbers of juvenile fish

Over the years we have improved the quatliy and quantity of spawning and rearing habitat available to salmon. This is  real 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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