Nith Catchment Fishery Trust
The Nith Catchment Fishery Trust is a company which has gained charitable status and has been formed to conserve and enhance all native freshwater fish and their habitats located within the inland and coastal waters of the River Nith catchment and the jurisdictional area of the Nith District Salmon Fishery Board. The Trust works closely with the Nith District Salmon Fishery Board to help achieve a more all encompassing level of conservation throughout the catchment.
The trust is involved in a number of conservation initiatives including:
Habitat Schemes where sections of the watercourses are fenced off and planted with native trees to improve habitat for fish and aquatic invertebrates as well as stabilising the banks and reducing erosion. In future years, once the trees have become well established, the shading created from over hanging branches will help to stabilise the water temperature of the watercourse and help prevent burns from drying up during hot summers. These schemes also act as a buffer zone to the river, helping to decrease the run off of nitrates and chemicals from surrounding land.
Education is an important part of the Trusts objectives and the Trust run the Salmon in the Classroom project in a number of schools throughout the Nith catchment. The project is a fun, hands on method of getting children involved with fish and the work involved with conserving their habitats as well as teaching them about the importance of keeping rivers clean and healthy. Hopefully in the future, along with projects such as Fishing for Knowledge, this will help to get more youngsters involved with fishing as a recreational sport.
Research into the genetics of salmon and sea trout are being carried out by the Celtic Sea Trout Project (CSTP) and Focusing Atlantic Salmon Management on Populations Project (FASMOP). The Trust is assisting these project by taking genetic samples which will then be analysed and from which future management plans can be based.
Monitoring of fish populations
The Trust is responsible for monitoring the health of juvenile salmonid and other fish populations within the Nith catchment and conducts electrofishing surveys throughout the summer. This data will help when deciding on future management strategies for the catchment.
Invasive Non-native species and disease pose a threat to the Nith catchment and the Trust aims to raise the awareness of the threats posed by the introduction of North American Signal Crayfish and Gyrodactylus salaris to the Nith catchment as well as monitoring for their presence on a continuous basis.
Nith Catchment Fishery Trust
37 George Street, Dumfries, DG1 1EB
Tel: 01387 740043
Nith Catchment Fishery Trust is a Registered Scottish Charity. Charity no. SC040908. Company no. SC366067. Registered Office: 37 George Street, Dumfries, DG1 1EB. Registered in Scotland