Finally water levels are approaching the required depth to allow us to effectively net the reservoir before it is full drained down. Levels are dropping by 700mm per day and our target level could be reached next week if there’s no more rainfall.
While we are almost ready to start netting, the licences and a transport tank have yet to arrive and with staff holidays etc, the date for the operation to commence will be the 9th April barring high winds and torrential rain.
We were there again today to sample more fish to ensure that there are no health issues that we need to be concerned about. In total almost 20 trout have now been examined and none showed any sign of parasites or clinical signs of disease. We will inform the fish health inspector and Marine Science Scotland of our latest findings but can now expect that the relocation can go ahead. Three sites have been earmarked for the fish and I’m looking forwards to getting on with the job as soon as I get back from a few days annual leave.
Rita our animal behaviourist accompanied me today to collect sales. With the weather improving we went armed with rod and line rather than the gill nets and managed to catch typical wee trout.