Looking forward to the Game Fair, Hatfield House July 26-8

Coch-Y-Bonddu Books, a favourite of The Game Fair, will be hosting a string of signings and appearances from countryside stalwarts such as Wade, Robin Page, Donald Dallas and Charles Smith-Jones. Henry Giles will also be signing his new book, How To Catch More Salmon.

So it’s back to the Game Fair – I’m also hoping to secure a berth at the Game Fair Theatre for my talk on the book. And of course I hope you’ve managed to get your hands on How To Catch More Salmon and feed back to HSA over the season as you catch one or two. Or three or four.

On a different note

How To Catch More Salmon is at the forefront of sporting hopes, however we all remain committed to the conservation of Atlantic Salmon stocks. And sobering news comes from Alastair Campbell, Clerk of the Beauly District Fishery Board. He forwarded linked news from gov.scot via Dr Alan Wells of Fisheries Management Scotland as follows:

Reporting Skin Damage in Wild Atlantic Salmon – 17 June 2019:

“Scottish Government’s Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) has been responding to reports of wild adult salmon displaying skin damage such as reddening (petechial haemorrhaging) around the fins and belly (ventral surface), inflamed (swollen/red) vent and associated fungal infection”

Further information will be provided when the laboratory results are available from fish sampled across a number of Scottish rivers.

In the meantime, observations of adult salmon demonstrating clinical signs of infection or damage should be notified to the local District Salmon Fishery Board (DSFB) and the FHI.

Considerations are:

  • Moribund or lethargic fish should be targeted where sampling is considered appropriate;
  • There is no requirement at this stage to remove fish with damage for disease control purposes;
  • Wild adult Atlantic salmon returning to rivers to spawn can naturally present with some physical damage due to a number of environmental factors;
  • FHI sampling will be prioritised on moribund fish that can be maintained alive (in keep nets or suitably bio-secure tank facilities);
  • Moribund fish that cannot be maintained alive should have details recorded and photographs taken, where possible, before being returned to rivers. Details should be sent to local DSFBs and FHI;
  • If local wild fishery interests determine that moribund fish are not to be returned to the river, they should be percussion stunned or suitably dispatched and maintained in a refrigerator at 4°C, until a determination on sampling is undertaken;
  • Good biosecurity practice should be followed when handling affected fish with hands, clothing and equipment being suitably cleaned and disinfected, where appropriate.

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