Culter Parr Show Strong Growth

August 15, 2019

The River Dee Trust’s annual electrofishing programme has revealed some very healthy parr on the Culter catchment. We found some 1-year-old parr, up to 127mm. In contrast, salmon in the upper catchment would be 2 or 3 years old. It suggests the Culter catchment is providing the fish with an excellent opportunity for strong growth. Strong parr means strong smolts and strong smolts do best on their ocean migration and have a better chance to return as adults.


A fish pass was installed on the Culter Burn in the autumn of 2014, which allowed salmon access to the upper part of the Culter catchment for the first time in 250 years. In that first year, 38 salmon migrated up the fish pass into the Culter Burn. The following years showed lower numbers of salmon, with between 9 and 15 fish moving up in the years between 2015-2017. In 2018, despite low water conditions in the river, 27 salmon migrated upstream. Over time, with its good spawning and rearing habitats, the Culter catchment will continue to grow as an important tributary for spawning salmon on the Dee.


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