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Saturday, 13 May 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)

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Marine Scotland Science proudly presents: Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory,

Science Open Day at the Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry.


Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a fisheries scientist? Please join us as we showcase past and present work that has been instrumental in developing our understanding of Scotland’s freshwater fish populations and fisheries.

Learn – See – Explore

  • Study fish DNA, find out how we tell the ages of fish, discover what a baby dragonfly looks like.
  • Find out how and why we follow fish using electronic tags.
  • Watch our fascinating demonstration on catching fish using electricity.
  • Check out our topical talks and informative videos.
  • Chat with our scientists and learn about being a fisheries biologist, geneticist or chemist.

For more information and a schedule of events please go to:



Initially set up in 1948, the Marine Scotland Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory employs around 40 staff at its main site in Pitlochry on the shore of Loch Faskally and outstations in Montrose and Shieldaig. Our dedicated team conducts science that supports national fisheries management and conservation. Staff work on a range of fish species in both freshwater and coastal environments, but primarily Atlantic salmon and brown (sea) trout.    


Freshwater fisheries science is often highly complex, involving investigation into fish populations, their habitats and the fisheries that exploit them. Scientific research includes long term monitoring combined with innovation to understand the processes that drive trends of change in fish populations and fisheries. Advice, based on research conducted at Marine Scotland Science and elsewhere, is provided to the Scottish Government, local fisheries managers and agencies such as Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Some current research areas include:

  • Establishing how coastal salmon farming may affect wild salmon and sea trout,
  • Predicting how global warming will affect salmonids and what we can do to protect them,
  • Tracking the pathways and counting the numbers of salmon and sea trout leaving and returning to rivers.
  • Calculating “conservation limits” for salmon populations and using them to protect stocks,
  • Protect and enhancing the precious “spring salmon” populations.

Fishing is an important part of Scotland’s social and cultural heritage, enjoyed within our wonderful outdoor environment by residents and visitors alike. Around half of Scotland’s 40 freshwater and migratory fish species are caught by anglers and a number of nets men bringing in excess of £100 million annually to the Scottish economy. Freshwater fish also contribute significant natural heritage value to ecosystems and biodiversity of Scotland’s many lochs and rivers. It is therefore vitally important that we create a long term sustainable framework where all fish species thrive. The evidence base from fisheries science provides that foundation.

For any further information please contact the organisers using the subject heading “Open Day”


Please note:

- Outdoor activities are weather dependant.

- Venue is wheelchair accessible. Outside demonstrations partially accessible, please contact organisers for further information.

- This event may be photographed and/or recorded for future use by Marine Scotland.


Do you have questions about Science Open Day - Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory, Pitlochry? Contact Marine Scotland

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The Atholl Palace Hotel
Atholl Road
PH16 5LX Pitlochry
United Kingdom

Saturday, 13 May 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)

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