Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust - Annual Report, May 2017

Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association - LLAIA AGM Report 2016

LLFROG AGM - LLFROG AGM report, March 2016

Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust - Annual Report, January 2014

Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust - Annual Report, January 2013

Marine Scotland - Catch and Release, A Guide to Best Practice

Marine Scotland - Why your catch data is important

Institution of Fisheries Management - Code of Good Practice for Freshwater Fisheries Management



Following the Loch Lomond Fisheries Riparian Owners Group (LLFROG) & Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust (LLFT) AGM on Monday 19th June 2017, it was unanimously agreed that we would like to continue to work with the LLAIA and other organisations in the future, as long as it meets the aims of the LLFT. Unfortunately at the moment, our aims don’t meet but that doesn’t rule out working with the LLAIA in partnership in the future. The LLFT Board & LLFROG are very sorry that it has come to this, however it is not a decision that was taken lightly. We believe the aims and activities of the Trust can be better achieved unencumbered by any direct linkage to the Association at present.

The LLFT Directors have been made aware of the recent inaccurate LLAIA statements and media traffic on their websites and media forums. Contrary to suggestions, the LLAIA Chairman & Secretary have been communicating with the Chairman & Vice Chairman of the LLFT and we will refrain from commenting on these points on any public forum. 

LLFROG & the LLFT unanimously confirmed that we are totally committed to retaining our Category 2 status and similar to last year are prepared to challenge Marine Scotland on this sensitive subject. It was also unanimously agreed that everyone within the Lomond System must ensure that catch returns are accurate, fair and a true reflection of our circumstances, otherwise we will be open to even more scrutiny by the Authorities going forward.



Welcome to the Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust (LLFT) second Annual Newsletter. Most of you will know the role of the Trust: we are an environmental charity which exists to champion the conservation of Loch Lomond's native fish populations and their habitats. We work closely with the LLAIA and several members of the Association are in fact Trustees & Directors. 

Last year the LLFT conducted a full financial & operational review. This resulted in the Trust no longer employing a full time Biologist. We are currently outsourcing this work to Carolyn Bryce who has been working with the Trust for the last three years. We have two core Biological responsibilities: smolt trapping & electro-fishing, which were completed during the year. But Carolyn’s team has completed several other projects in 2014.

We were commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to finish the habitat surveys on the Blane & Endrick Waters for instance, and complete Phase 1 & 2 of the Invasive Non-native Species project (INNS).

During 2014, we also worked on other exciting projects, the first being Rare Fish in the National Park. This is principally centred around the Powan and Luss Primary School, helping to educate local schoolchildren about this extraordinary fish. In conjunction with the Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association we worked on the Luss Water Sea Trout Recovery Plan and in particular Improvements on the River Fruin. Over the autumn months we completed an electro fishing project for a proposed Hydro scheme on the Gonachan Burn, an important spawning tributary of the Endrick, which proved rather arduous due to the terrain and the inclement weather!

All this would not have been possible without financial support & encouragement from the Riparian Owners, local farmers, the LLAIA,SNH and our sponsors such as Cameron House & Lomond Motors. We are

extremely grateful for the funding the Association is able to offer. I would also like to use this opportunity to thank James Bilsland very much for allowing the Trust to work our Smolt trap on his land from March to May every year.

Our most important asset is our volunteers whose enthusiasm and commitment is mission-critical to the success of these projects. Many of them have come from the LLAIA and again I would like to express our immense gratitude to everyone who has given us their time and hard work. We would like to encourage more volunteers, especially young enthusiasts, from all over our catchment area, particularly from the National Park.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for embracing the catch & release policy, which was implemented 18 months ago. The Spring and Autumn fish entering the Loch via the River Leven are still the most vulnerable. Conservation is particularly important when we do not have many fish in the system like last year. I would like to reiterate that we are totally committed to preserving and enhancing the Loch Lomond System for our future generations to enjoy. The Thinn Report, which has been recently circulated by the Scottish Government will present the whole of Scotland with some interesting & difficult challenges. To this end, I encourage everyone to strive to fulfil our goals and work even closer together going forward.

Yours Aye Eddie

Chairman of the LLFT