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VAKI Team up with ACE


Fish Migration and Counting Workshop

Fish Migration and Counting Workshop

For a week in February the VAKI and ACE teamed up to bring a series of workshops, investigating the subject of fish counting, along with fish and eel migration. These workshops featured keynote speakers from the Environment Agency, the Institute of Fisheries Management, VAKI and ACE. The workshops also gave delegates the chance to find out about the latest products and research related to fish migration and monitoring, which saw each venue near to capacity.

The workshops started off in the glorious Scottish Borders, where The Tweed Foundation played host for the day. We had a packed program including a keynote presentation from James Hunt of the Tweed Foundation, investigating the evolution of key sites on the Tweed, and how its fish pass and fish counter have evolved.  The day culminated in a visit to a fish pass with a fish counter. The day was well attended by key members from the Environment Agency and the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland amongst the attendees.






Day two saw the workshop moving to a site close to Retford in Nottinghamshire where around 30 delegates from a variety of backgrounds including fisheries, consultants, trust members and IFM students congregated in the conference facilities of the Pheasantry Brewery at East Markham. The highlight of the second day was a fascinating presentation from Joel Rawlinson, the Environment Agencies Fisheries Technical Specialist. Joel gave an informative insight into how migration data is captured and is analysed by the Environment Agency to evaluate fish passage.

The venue for day three was the Kenward trust site situated on the picturesque banks of the Medway River in Kent. The delegates although having fought through adverse weather conditions to attend this workshop found the discussion of key products, new technology and research to be extremely useful.

The final day saw the workshop travelling to Taunton in Somerset, where despite all of the widespread flooding, around 25 delegates were in attendance. Delegates at the Taunton workshop were treated to a full program. Highlights of the day included research presented by Marjon van Nieuwenhuyzen from ACE.  In this research the testing and results from 22 fish passes of various designs in The Netherlands were discussed.





All the delegates that attended the workshops have commented on how useful they had been.
As more research is carried out and technology evolves there is a distinct possibility that we may see more of these workshops in the future.

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