DYLAN Roberts, a fisheries scientist at Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), is drumming up support to secure much-needed funds for a revolutionary piece of technology that could unlock the mystery of declining sea trout numbers.
Donations received through the latest fundraising appeal will be used to buy data storage tags which are inserted into adult sea trout and record the temperature and depth every two minutes.
Each tag, roughly one inch in size, contains several sensors to measure crucial information to an internal memory. They need to be recovered to analyse the data and allow an insight into their marine behaviour.
Costing £300 each, the Trust is hoping to buy 300 tags across the duration of a five-year project called SAMARCH (SAlmonid MAnagement Round the CHannel).
The project is co-funded by the EU’s Interreg channel programme, which covers 69% of the overall cost, with GWCT left to stump up the rest (www.channelmanche.com).