Reconnecting the Salmon Rivers of Wales Seminar and Training Event
Habitat fragmentation caused by instream barriers is a leading cause of loss of river biodiversity and is responsible for the decline of Atlantic salmon and other migratory fish in Wales and elsewhere.
The situation of Atlantic salmon in Wales is critical and all populations have been declared ‘at at risk’ or ‘probably at risk” by Natural Resources Wales. Our recent assessments indicate that this is in part due to the high extent of habitat fragmentation.
Led by Swansea University in partnership with Natural Resources Wales, Dwr Cymru, the Afan Valley Angling and Conservation Club, Afonydd Cymru, the West Wales Rivers Trust and the Wye and Usk Foundation, the Reconnecting the Salmon Rivers of Wales project is addressing river fragmentation in Wales through the targeted removal of instream barriers in five iconic salmon rivers: the Eastern Cleddau, Western Cleddau, Tywi, Teifi and Usk.
Incorporating presentations from leading experts on instream barriers, their impacts and their removal along with in-the-field training, this two-day event will give attendees the skills to:
1. Learn how to assess barrier impacts
2. Learn how to document the benefits of dam (barrier) removal
3. Learn how to incorporate uncertainty on decisions related to barriers
Attendees will also be able to contribute to a consultation white paper on barrier removal.
Online Event - No
Country - United Kingdom
Name of contact person - Victoria Hurst