River Deveron Smolt Tracking Project 2016
During Spring 2016, 50 salmon smolts were successfully fitted with acoustic tags and re-released back into the Deveron. The project was designed to investigate the degree of smolt mortality between the upper Deveron and the estuary. The smolt tags emit unique acoustic high frequency pulses that identify the specific fish when detected by an acoustic receiver. The tagging was conducted by Matt Newton from SCENE at Glasgow University. Matt is very experienced having conducted many different acoustic tagging projects during his PhD and is currently running SSE’s salmon smolt tracking study in the Cromarty Firth.
The RDevDSFB & DBIT membership have kindly sponsored 40 tags and Muiresk Fishings have sponsored an additional 10 tags. The tags are very costly so the DBIT & MFTI would like to thank all supporters for funding this ambitious and ground breaking project.