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International Year of the Salmon – Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory Open Day!

15 June @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free Entry
Science Open Day At Atholl Palace Hotel

15th June 2019 (10am to 4pm)
International Year of the Salmon – Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory Open Day!
Atholl Palace, Pitlochry
A global initiative to highlight the importance of wild salmon around the world. Its aim is to showcase the extraordinary life of salmon. The Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory in Pitlochry is holding a drop-in family science Open Day. Free entry (no admission charges). Meet the dedicated scientists, delve into their research, investigate the scientific equipment and explore what is being done to support the conservation and restoration of Atlantic salmon in Scotland. For more details Tel: 0131 244 2900 or marinescotland@gov.scot
Highlights include:-

  • Electrofishing display and demonstrations – the “magical” way that fish can be captured using electricity.
  • Invertebrate identification – what fish eat and what kinds of insects live in our rivers.
  • Tagging display – how we find out where fish travel to.
  • Salmon genetics – the fish version of “Who do you think you are”.
  • Fish biology – what the inside of a salmon looks like and and what each part of the fish does.
  • Scale reading – how we find out how old a fish is by reading its scales.
  • Fish traps – why we trap fish and what it tells us.
  • Fish counters – how and why we count fish in rivers.
  • Climate change – how we use technology to predict the effects on fish populations of rising water temperatures


15 June
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free Entry
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