For a number of years in the early 2000s I fished the River Dee in Scotland. The Dee is one of Scotland’s three big rivers and has the distinction of King Charle’s Balmoral Estate being the headwaters beat. Fishing was quite good at that time there was almost a euphoria about the fishing. It was very hard to book a rod on any of the better beats.
In recent years the Dee has been on a downward spiral and a number of conservation measures have been employed. In this link you will see that the Dee River Board has partnered with the Atlantic Salmon Trust to begin an enhancement program to stock by using both rebuilt kelts and hatchery grown wild smolts as broodstock. The Atlantic Salmon Trust refers to these concepts as follows:
“Both of these approaches to wild fish repopulation place an emphasis on maximising wild spawning behaviour and wild hatched juvenile salmon, care and attention to preserving the Dee’s genetics portfolio within its salmon subpopulations to enable them to adapt to future environmental change, and minimising the negative impacts of domestication associated with traditional hatchery practices.”
It certainly is positive to hear these words from the AST. It can’t help but reinforce the very similar message that the MSA has been using to try convince the DFO to permit us to stock fry from the wild smolts we have grown to breeding size in the MSA’s hatchery – essentially the same technology that the MSA is proposing.
The MSA US Online auction is coming down to the last three days. All bidding ends at 6:00 PM on Sunday the 11th. We now have opening bids on all but a handful of items, but some of those are our most valuable.
Here they are in order of the opening bid price:
Raffles – we do now have enough bids to cover our costs on all the raffle items. I have looked at the ticket sales on each item, and all of them are far below the maximum ticket sales.