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.



Pink salmon update

September 07, 2017

​With the news and social media rife with the invasion of Pacific pink salmon, we want to give people an update on the situation on the Dee and what we are doing about it. The situation has developed rapidly in the last month.

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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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