Moray Firth Trout Initiative Newsletter : Scale reading special
Posted on May 14, 2014
The Moray Firth Trout Initiative is requesting that fishermen gather scales from their catches and send them in for analysis. The top ten anglers who collect the most scales will be entered into a draw for an Orvis reel and line.
Data from reading scales is an important source of information in fisheries management. It can determine if an individual fish is a brown trout or a sea trout, and also helps understand the behaviour of a whole population.
The information from the scales will help the project to improve management to protect local trout populations and their habitats.
For details of how to collect scales, and how they will be used, click here
For more information on scale reading, click here — this page incudes a video of WTT Director, Shaun Leonard, demonstrating scale collection and reading at the Urban Conclave in 2013.
Click here to view an article by Dr Andrew King on how scale analysis is helping to understand the sea trout population on the south coast of England.