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SITES AND HATCHERY COMMITTEE ANNUAL REPORT 2018

The spawning crew were back in force and were greeted with difficult conditions. With heavy rain through October, November and December 2017 it meant a lot of poor nights in testing weather. The Swanney burn had high water levels and few fish. The Netherbrough burn proved to be more successful. A couple of good hauls which filled the hatchery with eggs from the Harray catchment area.  Many thanks to James Bews, Kevin Muir, Neil Chalmers and Malcom Thomson for their work on this. Applications for consent from Marine Scotland have been granted with Heldale and Northloch still ongoing. Thanks to M. Thomson for dealing with the applications in waters that are within a SSSI area and Ken Kennedy for creating example copies of the forms. A big thank you to all the voluntary crew on the rota for attending to the hatchery during the winter months and particularly to James Harcus.