Dr Rasmus Lauridsen from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust kindly gave us all a talk on the activities of SAMARCH. The GWCT is proud to be the lead partner on a major EU-funded programme that will provide vital research on rapidly declining salmon and sea trout (salmonid) populations. The work will focus on five rivers, estuaries and coastline in the Channel area: the Rivers Frome, Tamar, Scorff, Oir and Bresle. This internationally significant project will involve working with several other British and French institutions in a bid to halt and even reverse declining salmonid populations.
He showed us the tags that will be inserted into sea trout smolts to discover exactly where they feed once they reach the sea. There are two types of tag, the smallest is a transmitter and the signal is picked up by sensors positioned around the mouth of the river. The second much larger tag, records the depth & water temperature at regular intervals for a whole year. This is the one that he is after our help with, if you catch a sea trout with a tag like below you will get a £50 reward – more than enough reason for a few more fishing trips this season.
Simon Tomkinson then talked about what the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust actually does and how it relies on members subscriptions to help subsidise it www.gwct.org.uk
Thanks again to John Aplin for organising the meetings and to all the helpers on the night. Have a great season and see you all in October.