THE River Tweed has reversed years of decline with record catches of salmon this season.
The catch returns of over 10,000 salmon is the best on the venue for a decade, while the catch of and nearly 2000 sea trout is the best figure since records began more than 50 years ago.
In fact more salmon were caught on the river than on any other river system in the
North Atlantic.
The turnaround is being put down to massive improvement work on the venue, which has seen the removal of obstacles to the fish moving upstream to spawn including dams and weirs. This has resulted in a 30 per cent increase in the river’s productive capacity.
However, there are concerns that fish from a planned salmon farm at Ettrick at Selkirk could escape and interbreed with the returning wild fish and spread lice and disease.