ART checked for any problems with smolts migrating downstream at Skeldon Weir on the Doon near Hollybush. They didn’t expect to find any issues and thankfully all seems fine.
However, the Trust are reporting of significant numbers of smolts building behind Catrine Dam on the Ayr which they attribute to the position of the screens within the penstock and lade. Fortunately, during the construction process at Skeldon, ART discussed the smolt screens, their design and positioning with the developer and the end results is a good one.
Smolts were rising in the weir pool as is to be expected with the smolt run underway but there’s nothing like the build up in numbers seen on the Ayr at Catrine which the Trust considers to be a severe problem.