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  1. If you would like to examine evidence of the impact that escaped farm fish have on a river system and its wild fish, then type <Burrishoole report> into your web browser; a 10 year study by Irish scientists into that matter.
  2. Thanks for that response, and I am sure that you do exactly what you say you do and try to produce the best farm fish that you can. My primary concern is that wild salmonid stocks in the West Higlands and Islands of Scotland are being driven to extinction by the impact of fish farm disease and pollution, particularly by sea lice from these farms. To save our wild fish, and to protect our marine and freshwater environment, these farms have to be removed from our coastal and freshwater lochs. If it is possible and profitable to farm barramundi in the New Forest (Aquabella Plc) and t
  3. I can't, with respect, accept the 1:1 figure because I have never seen any indpendent verification of it. Even if it were true, what is the point of using one tonne wild fish to produce one tonne of fake fish? On artificial stocking of rivers, my view is that to do so is a sign of failure. Management and habitat improvement is the key to a river's health. Bruce Sandison
  4. My advice, if you are starting to learn to cast from square one, would be to buy as long a garden cane as you can find. Tie a length of string to the top, and, in the garden, get used to the action and technique of using the cane to cast the string. One you have mastered that, you should be able to cast with any rod, regardless of the price of the rod. I think that, sometimes, begining with a professionally designed and manufactured rod, is detrimental, rather than and aid, to learning how to cast. Modern rods are so well-designed that they do most of the work for you, once yo
  5. Letter to Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department Minister. Dear Mr Finnie I am concerned by the contradictory nature of the response I have received to my request under the Freedom of Information Act in connection with the disposal of dead salmon at a site in North Uist, Western Isles. Mr Ken Wilson, in the SEERAD Benbecula Office, informed me on 22nd June (after a delay of 16 days), "I will now forward your original request to them [central unit in Edinburgh]". However, the following day I received an entirely different reply, copied below. The extent of the d
  6. THE SALMON FARM PROTEST GROUP www.salmonfarmmonitorr.org June edition online now! ADVERTISING STANDARDS AGENCY COUNCIL FIND IN FAVOUR OF FISH FARMS AND FAKE SALMON After ten months, the Advertising Standards Authority Council (ASA) has rejected complaints from the Salmon Farm Protest Group (SFPG) about claims made by Scottish Quality Salmon (SQS) in adverts promoting their members’ farms and environmental practices. The Council judgement includes the statement, “The Authority considered that the advertisers had shown that their members’ salmon farms were different from other
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    No, Jim, I don't, same for the likes of Loch Heilen in Caithness, West Loch Ollay on South Uist and Loch Bea on the Island of Sanday in Orkney, and others. My principal reason for saying so has to do with the availability of food in these waters, which is plentiful, and the absence of charr, a primary prey species for ferox trout. As a matter of interest, a previous British Record charr came from Loch Borralie, another of the Durness limestone waters (a fish of, if I remember correctly about 1lb 12oz). There were reports a few years ago from Irish fisheries scientists carrying out
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    Corydoras I'm not sure either, I suppose, but I have tried to find out, by exploring and reading available literature and reports on the subject. Have you contacted any fisheries scientists and put your question re juvenile ferox trout to them? Bruce
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    Corydoras Yup, right, there is still debate over this issue. But in the same way that each salmon population is genetically distinct, I believe that this also applies to ferox trout. Yes, ferox are a sub-species of Salmo trutta, but, genetically, each population is distinct in its own right? "Research into the genetics of ferox trout, has shown them to be genetically distinct from other trout in some lochs (for example Lough Melvin, Ireland), but recent unpublished research from a variety of Scottish lochs has shown that this is not the case in all populations. Data from Loch Ranno
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    RE: ferox The old Scottish method of fishing for ferox was 'trolling', with dead bait. Sometimes, in the autumn, or in the early months of the season, they might take a fly. Loch Rannoch is one such location, and Loch Veyatie in Wester Ross. Ron Greer's book 'Ferox Trout and Arctic Char' is, in my view, perhaps the best guide? Ferox are unique, in that they have survived genetically intact in northern waters throughout the world, since the end of the last Ice Age.
  11. Great news from the EU – it looks almost certain that an immediate ban will be introduced on all sandeel fishing in the North Sea (P&J today), and, from today’s P&J, those damned sharks are at it again… "A rare species of shark has been caught in Scots waters. The female sharpnose seven-gill shark, heptranchias perlo, was captured 100 miles north of Cape Wrath in a fishing boat net being trawled at 656ft, on May 31. Scientists from the Fisheries Research Marine Laboratory, in Aberdeen, who made the discovery, said the species is not common in any ocean and extremely rare in Scott
  12. Dear Sportsman Just in case we should, well, you know, meet sometime and share the same table, do you take milk and sugar in your cuppa? Bruce
  13. Sportsman "..will you join me in this research?" So I take it that that's a no? Bruce
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