2000" At the present time with
reduced salmon runs, especially in spring, it
is important that anglers show restraint in the
numbers of salmon they kill. With low stocks,
there may not be a surplus of salmon in the river
and so each fish killed may mean less in future.
One of the most effective things anglers can do
to help is to release fish they really do not
need. However, anglers are often uneasy over this
practice because it is felt the fish may be caught
and killed by another angler. One way of helping
to prevent this is by tagging fish prior to release,
so that released fish can be readily identified
if caught a second time.
Following the example of some other rivers, the
Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board is conducting
a pilot project in 2000 to assess the feasibility
of tagging. On selected beats, fish will be returned
to the water with coloured numbered plastic tags
attached to their adipose fin (see diagram).
The Board will be very grateful if anyone catching
a fish with a tag would note it's number and,
most importantly, release
the fish alive again. A tag is, therefore,
the salmon's "passport to the redds". The tag
number should then be reported to the Board's
Office along with details of when and where the
fish was caught.