We completed our last NEPS (National Electrofishing Programme for Scotland) site on Friday afternoon last week. The Programme has us survey 30 sites randomly generated to prevent operative selection bias. These surveys are always interesting due to the random nature of the selection and can throw us into corners of Ayrshire where we ordinarily don’t find ourselves. Results from electrofishing surveys this year have been poor on the whole, given the poor catches experienced by anglers last year this isn’t a great surprise to us. Catches aren’t necessarily a good barometer of fish numbers as water levels and angling effort can have a significant impact fish caught.
WIth these surveys complete we will be turning our attention to green engineering on the Water of Girvan, project work on the Brockloch Burn and Netherton Burns as well as a raft of other electrofishing sites across Ayrshire.