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  1. Scotland
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  3. River management

River Management

The Clyde River Foundation is a Scottish charity (SC029602) and company limited by guarantee (SC196438) dedicated to research and education throughout the River Clyde catchment.

The Clyde is a great example of a 'recovering river'. It is a river where salmon were once extinct due to pollution and man-made structural changes. It now boasts a recovering salmon population but much work is still to be done to ensure the future of the 'Mighty Clyde'.

The Clyde River Foundation seeks to improve fish populations and their habitats and to increase engagement of local communities with their rivers. We aim to achieve this via a combination of long-term monitoring, a sustained investment in education and through community-driven initiatives such as the Clyde Riverfly Monitoring Partnership. By caring for the Clyde we can maximise the health of our rivers for everyone.

The Clyde catchment

The River Clyde, at 170 km, is the third longest river in Scotland. The catchment has a surface area of 3,200 km2 (of which 26.3 km2 is freshwater lochs and reservoirs), and a total river length of 4,244 km. We work across the catchment in eight Council areas (East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire) and these are home to 33.8% of Scotland’s human population.

Clyde catchment facts

  • Home to 1.79 million people (33.8% of Scotland’s human population)
  • 4,224 km of rivers
  • 26.3 km2 of freshwater lochs and reservoirs
  • 33 species of freshwater fish
  • 67% of water bodies at “less than good status” under the European Water Framework Directive
  • No District Salmon Fishery Board (DSFB) so no statutory body overseeing fish and fisheries issues
  • Where are the Upper and Lower Clyde catchments?
  • For fishery management purposes, the Clyde River Foundation partitions the Clyde system into the Upper and Lower sub-catchments.
  • The upstream limit of access to migratory fish in the River Clyde is Stonebyres Falls near Lanark. This is therefore an appropriate partition between what we consider to be the Upper and Lower Clyde sub-catchments.
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