Smolts Update

July 23, 2020


One of the casualties of Covid- 19 has been our smolt trapping and tracking. It was simply not possible to conduct operations given the necessary level of restrictions we are working under. The tracking work (funded by Aberdeen Bay Offshore Windfarm Ltd) has been postponed until next year. Marine Scotland Science’s traps in the upper catchment did run though; the Girnock trap had good numbers of smolts (best since 2015) whilst numbers in the Baddoch trap were lower, both were as expected from adult returns in previous years.