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nets through the river in the darkness of the nighc the shoals of descending
smolts can be seen rushing through the net meshes by the glitter and gleam of
their silvery scales. Some of the oldest men employed say that, during the
last smolt season, the appearance of descending smolts in regard to numbers
was the best that they had seen for forty years.

The full force of bailiffs or Spey police is constituted as follows : — The
superintendent, residing at Aberlour ; the inspector, stationed at Grantown ;
eight sergeants, and thirty-seven constables.

GEORGE E. MAOGREGOR, Supervntendent,



THE DISTRICT OF THE RIVER FINDHORN.

Take of Fish—
1. (a) Salmon above average ; grilse below average ; (6) below average ;

' (c) salmon above average ; (d) about an average.
3. (a) nth February ; (6) April and May ; (c) May, June and July. Trout

may be got throughout season.
5. (a) Salmon 34 lbs. ; trout 4 lbs ; (6) Salmon 45 lbs. ; (e) Salmon 17 lbs.

Protection —

1. £3436.

2. £345.

3. Head countable, two permanent bailiffs and fifteen occasional bailiffs.

4. No.



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Obstructions to the Passage of Fish —
None.

Pollutions —
None.

The Salmon Disease —
No(



The Spawning Season —

1. Upper d^trict, 16th October ; lower district, 20th November.

2. Upper district^ between 25th October and 27th November ; lowet diatrict,

December and January.

3. tJpper district, 2nd December : lower district^ end of Pebtttary.

4. Upper district above ordinary leveL
6. About an average.

6. Main river between Waterford and Sluie, and b^tweto Dryn&ch&n lUld
Coignafeam.

Kelts—

1. Kelts begin to migrate seawards immediately after the spawning season

is over.

2. January and beginning of February.

3. May.

6. Sometimes flood, half-flood^ and small.

Smolts —

1. From the middle of March till the end of May.

2. A good average.

Artificial Propagation of Salmon-
No.



THE DISTRICT OF THE RIVER IfAIRN.

Take of Pish—
1. (tt), (6), (c) and (<Q Below average throughout the district,
g. h) About 6000 ; (c) 176.

3. {a) 13th Pebruarv ; (6) from 10th April to «Oth May j (c) Bea-trottt in
June, grilse in August and September.

5. (6) 35 lbs. ; (c) 22^ lbs.

Protection—

1. £1136^ 10b.

2. £86, 3s. 3d.

3. Two.

4. No.

Obstructions to the Passage of Fish—

1. None.

2. No.

3. Yea.

4. No.

6. There is a free pass at all times unless when the water ii very low.

6. None*

7. No changes.

Pollutions —
1. No.

The Salmon Disease —
1. No disease this season.



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The Spawning Season —

1. 1895, between the 6th and 8th November ; 1896, between the 8tH and

10th November.

2. Between 20th November and 20th December.

3. Abont 15th January.

4. Between low and half-flood.

5. Lees.

6. The River Nairn and the Invereruie Bum.

Kelts—

1. About I5th February.

2. From the 15th to the end of March.
a Bv the 20th April.

4. Half-flood.

SmoltB—

1. From 20th April to Ist June.

2. Very good.

Artifldal Propagation of Salmon —
Na

Proportion of Male to Female Salmon —

Upon an estimate there are about 5 per cent, more females.

General Question —
No.

TEE DISTRICT OF THE RIVER NESB.

Take of Fish—

1. (a) Better ; (5), {c) and ((£) about the average

2. {a\ (h) and (c) about 35,000 or 40,000.

3. (a) Opening of fishing 11th February ; (6) February; (c) end iof June,

July, and August

4. (a) and (6) Can^ say.

5. (a) Salmon, 42 lbs.

Protection —

1. £3662, rental

2. 1& 9d. per £.

3. Four permanent men ; three temporary men.

4. Yes.

Obetructions to the Passage of Fish- -

1. None.

2. None.

3. Yes.

4. No.

6. Yes.
a No.

7. None.

Pollutions —

1. None.

2. No cause for any.

The Salmon Disease —
1. No.

The Spawning Season —

1. Between the middle of October and November.

2. From November to January.

3. End of January.

5. More in 1896.

6. The Qarry, the Kingie» Morrison, and Ness.



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Kelts—

1. February.

2. March and ApriL

3. Middle of June.

Smolts —

1. ApriL

2. Yes.

Artificial Propagation of Salmon —
Lord Burton, Qlenqnoich, has a trout hatchery. Can't say the number of
fish hatdied.

Proportion of Male to Female Salmon —
In the month of January I netted the river and found the males had the
majority — about six males to four females.

General Question —
None.



THE DISTRICT OF THE RIVER ALNESS.

Take of Fish—

1. (a) Above the average ; (() below the average.

2. (a) The lessees of the net and coble-fishing are not disposed to give the

information.

3. (a) About beginning of the net fishing ; (6) July ; (c) June, July, and

August.
5. (a) About 30 lbs. ; (c) about 18 lbs.

Protection —

1. ^£613, 10s.

2. 68. 3d. per £,

3. -One permanent inspector and three temporary bailifEs.

4. None.

Obstructions to the Passage of Fish —

2. No cmives in district

3. Yes ; on Biver Alness.

4. No.

5. Yes ; at all times.

The Salmon Disease—

1. No salmon disease in the district.

The Spawning Season —

1. About 28th October.

2. Between 5th November and 1st December.

3. About 10th December.

4. Fiist half in flood ; end, half -flood.

5. Less.

6. Upper reaches of Alness Biver.

Keltfr-

1. About middle of ApriL

2. About end of ApriL

3. June.

4. About half-flood.

Smolts —

1. IstMay.

2. Yes ; very good.



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Artificial Propagation of Salmon—
Tbf^ are twonatcheries in the district ; one cwable of hatching 150,000 ova,
belongin^f to the Board, the other supported by private enterprise capable
of hatching 80,000. The former is newly erected ; the latter has been
in use for upwards of three years.

No.

General Question —

The Bktrict Board would again direct the attention of the Fishery Board to

the destruction to fish occasioned by the illegal mode of fishing pursued

in the Cromarty Firth, and to which reference is made in the Appendix

to the Fourteenth Armual Report of the Fishery Board (see Part IL, p. 62).



THE DISTRICT OF THE RIVER CONON,

Take of Fish—

1. (a) and (6) Salmon considerably above the average ; grilse a little above

the aveiase ; (e) and {d) above the average.
3. (a) 11th February ; (6) June and July.; (c) grilse ran &om tha beginning

of May to the olose of the fiaking. The madn run of aQArtrout it in

March and Apvil. Clean sea^trout in tidal wafers of Conon at all

seasons.
5. (a) Several were caught weighing about 24 lbs. ; (6) about 30 lbs. ; (e)

about 23 lbs.

Protection —



rotecnon —

1. One permanent inspector and four temporary bailiffs.



Obstructions to the Passaffe of Fish —

2. The craiTes in this custriot have not been fished in 1896.

3. There is one dam in this district ; it is not worked in acoordance with the

bye-law, Schedule F. There are two cruives in this district ; they are

worked in accordance with the bye-law. Schedule Q, regu}ati2)g the

same.
5. Tes ; at all times.
7. The Bia}ian net and cruiva MiiDg have not been worked during the last

seven seasons, whereby laige Aumbers of salmon and grilse have ascended

to the angling waters.

The Spawning Season—

1. Abont the 8th October.

2. Between the 1st and 15th November.

3. About 6th December.

4. Half-flood and low.

5. There was a splendid show of salmon and grilse on all the spawning

streams of the rivers Conon, Blackwater, Orrin, and Meig. T1^ numbers
were fully up to the two previous spawning seasons.

6. There are good spawning pounds in the Biver Conon from the tidal

waters, and in the tributaries Blackwater, Orrin, and Meig.

Kelts—

1. In the beginning of March.

2. From the middle of March to the end of April

3. About the beginning of June.

4. Flood, half-flood, and low.

Smolts—

1. March, April, May, and June

2. Yes ; very good.

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Artificial Propagadou of Salmon—
There is a salmon hatchery in this district at Oonon Bridge. It partly
belongs to Colonel M'Kenzie of Seaforth, and partly to the District
Board. Since the beginning of 1891 about 470,000 ova have been
taken from the Conon, Tweed, and other rivers in Scotland, hatched in
this hatchery, and the fry, when seven weeks old, transferred to the
Conon and tributaries.

General Question —
I bave noticed in the last two fishing seasons (especially in 1896) that the
run of salmon in the tidal waters of the Conon during the montlis of
June and July has been much more plentiful than in former fishing
seasons. I have also noticed that the increase in weight of these
salmon was considerably above the average of salmon caught in former
years.



THE DISTRICT OF THE KYLE OF SUTHERLAND,

Take of Fish—

1. About the average ; generally throughout the district.

2. The number cannot be given as the lessees refuse to give information on

^is head. The catch, however, was a very good one, by net and rod.

3. (a) In February ; (6) in April and May ; (c) in July and August.

4. It is not possible to condescend on numbers in either case A or B.

5. (a) 34 lbs. by net and coble ; (c) no information.

Protection —

1. £2634.

2. Is. 8d. per £.

3. Fifteen watchers in all.

4. One for allowing bag net leaders to remain in the sea during the weekly

close time. Result * Not proven.'

Obstructions to the Passage of Fish—

1. None.

2. There are no cruives in the district

I 3. There are only two dams in the district, one at Gruids, Lairg, and the
other at Evelix, Dornoch. The miller at Qruids was report^ in 1893
and 1894 for contraventions, and on both occasions he was tried and
convicted, on 20th June 1893 and 6th November 1894 respectively.
The Evelix mill-lade has, however, been a source of great irritation for
some years. The Dornoch Burgh Local Authority were permitted to
take the water from the lade to the town of Dornoch some years ago,
and consequently the sluice cannot, as it should, be shut at tne intake
when the mill is not being worked. The water is being used for a
lawful purpose in tenns of Schedules F and G, but not the whole of it.
Up tOl now all attempts (and there have been many) at improvement
have been abortive.
4. No.

I 6. Always.

' 6. No.
7. There is no change from 1895.

Pollutions —

1. No.

2. No.

The Salmon Disease—
1. No.



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The Spawning Season —

1. About lOth September.

2. Between let and 30th November.

3. About the middle of January.

4. In flood the most of the time.

5. Less.

6. Carron, Oykell, and Cassley.

Kelts—

1. 6th JanuBelow average.

6. Northfieldy Mount Annan, Luce, Meinfoot^ Hoddom Bridge, Mainholm,

at Rotchell in the Annan.

Kelts—

1. First week in February.

2. During March.

3. About end of April.

4. Medium.

Smolts —

1. End of April, principally in May.

2. A good average.

Artificial Propagation of Salmon —
None.

Proportion of Male to Female Salmon —
Ijhis cannot be accurately given, as notes are not .taken at all different
fisheries.

General Question-
Seeing the Royal Commission appointed to inquire into the laws affectittg
the Sol way Firth have recently issued their Report, I have nothing to
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46



Appendices to Fifteenth Annual Beport

NOTE

ABSTRACT of Sums Raised and Expended by District



' DISTRICT BOARDS
RIVERS.



Annan,

Dee (Solwty),
Dee (Aberdeen)



Deyeron, .
Don, .

Esk (North),
Eak (South),
Findhom, •
Forth,



Girvan,

Kyle of Sutherland,

Lochy,

Ness, .

Nitli, .

Spoy, . . .
Tay, .



Ugie,.
Ythan,



Tweed,



PreciM
Date to

which ;
Accounts;

are
made up. I



Rateable
Value of
Fisheries.



1881 i
15 May '



1880
27 Aug.

1881
81 Aug.

1880
- Sept.

1881
16 May



26 ..
1880
6 Oct.

20 Aug.



81 Oct.



1881
80 June



Total



£
1.891



„ „ 501

80 July I 9,867



1880
28 Aug. . 2,864

1881
80 July 3,308



6,385
2,045
4.055
3,793



674
2,762
1,582
3,075

568

10,563
21,698



RECEIPTS (EzclusiTe of Balance).



Assessments,

25 ft 26
Vict. c. 97.




Penalties
and Ez'
penses.



322 I
746



278

68

88

642



302
663

447
149
210
357



58

138

7

461

142

8vS0
1,410



33

112



74



20 & 21 Vict.

I c. 148; 22 ft

, 23 Vict. c.

I 70 ; 27 Vict.

c. 60.

18,477 2,695



90,226



9,086



3
2
6

1
8

12

90



(a) 272



419
, 1

8



484



442



£
352

66

88

544



302


5


672


6


447


7


162


8


212


9



369 1 10



69 11

138 12

434 13

461 .14

155 ,15

880 1 16
1,508 1 17



33

117



2,973



20



9,961 121



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47



11.



FiSHBBT Boards, during Year ended 15th May 1881.



EXPENDITURE

(Exclusive of Balances).



Wages

and
Salaries
of Clerks,

Con-
stables,
Bailififo,
Watchers,
ftc.



tl2
1 13

!^^

,16

16



I 18 I
19



Other
Ex-
penses.



810

31 '

72 i
589 '



279
480

401
140
205
412



15
144
424
272

88



874
1,228



31
109



20 2,888



21 8,896



15



57



14
60

6

14
4

42

4
2

8 '
•23 I

27

3
392



LOANS.



Sinking
Fund.



Total.



Out-
standing

at-

I close of

I previous

Year.



(6) 684



1,215



£ t
884 ,

I
82 ,
72 I
596



293
490

407
154
209
454



19
146
432

115

877
1,520



33
116



8,017



9,611



383



Out-
standing
at 15th
May
1881.



Total

Amount,

if anj,

remain-

^g '.

Invested

at the

close of

the Year.



NOTES.

(Details of •* Other
Expenses.)



184



888



31



82



184 118



For Travelling Expenses,

advertising, &c.
Incidental.

Inquiry into Pollution of
River, Je81 ; Disburse-
ments by Inspector and
Bailiffs, jei8; Prosecution
of Poachers and Inciden-
tal Outlays, £18.

Prosecutions, £7 ; Inciden-
tal, £7.

Disbursements by Inspector,
&c., and Incidental, £17 ;
Law Expenses and Prose*
cutiona, £48.

Prosecutions of Offenders,
£5 ; Printing, £1.

Prosecutions.

Incidental.

Superintendent of Fisheries,
£19; Fishing for Ova,
£18 ; Sundries, £10.
Prosecutions.
Contingencies.
Prosecutions.
Inspectors and Travelling

Outlays and Incidental.
Prosecutions, £25 ; Inciden-

£2.
Incidental.

Prosecutions, £187 ; Propa-
gation Pond Expenses,
£99 ; Miscellaneous, £6.
Incidental.

TravelUng, £1 ; Law Ex-
penses, £2 ; Printing, £1 ;
Interest, £8.
f(a) The expense of Prose-
cutions was £545, being
a loss to the Commission
of £278.
(6) Prosecutions, £545;
Rents, £16 ; Stationery
Printing, &c.,£89 Ex-
{•eriments, £1 1 ; Miscel-
laneous, £28.



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XoTB II. (cfm/mti«c?).— ABSTRACT of Sums Raised and £zpeoded



RECEIPTS (EzelatiT« of Balances).



I



DISTRICT BOARDS

OF

RIVERS.



! Precise

l»»*?„^ Rat«ible



Annan,
Oreef .

Dee(8olwa^), .
Dea(AbefdMB), .
Deyeron, .
Don, .

Esk (North), .
£sk (South),
Findhorn, .
Forth,
Ginran,

KyleofS«lh«riand.
Lochy,
Ness,
. Nith, .
Spey, .
Tay, .

Ugie, . . .
Ythan,



Twaad,



A^^untb \^^^^P^

are made' ^^•"••' I Assessments, Penaltiesl ^^Z.

up. I 26*26 andEx-l^^^

Vict. 0.97. penses. !j^^^^^



1882.
16 May



27 Auic.
l.'i May

28 Aug.
16 May I
26Aug I

1 Sept. {

I

M II

16 May
12 Juue .
16 May '



1881.

4 Oct

1882.
20 Aug.

1881.
9 Aug.

25 .Tuly



1882.
80 June



Total,



1,719

622

1,196

9,656

2,676

8,026

6,942

2,200

3,498

3,862

571

2,828

1,484

8,198

478

9,724

19,680

343

746



£
344

66

60

669

300

529

386

164

260

386

67

141

6

320

119

866

1,273

25

98



Total.



28
5

20
3
8



18

1
18
6
4
106
3



23



158



12



£
344


1


88


2


60


3


697


4


305


5


549


6


389


7


167


8


260


9


387


10


76


n


141


12


165


13


338


14


126


16


870


16


,890


17


28


18


92


19





20 & 21 Vict
c.48;22*
28 Vict ;
c. 70 ; 27
Vict c. 60.






1


13,668


2,718


180


11 1


2,864


86,664


8,766 i

. , 1


886


206 1

1


9,299



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by District Fishery Boards, during Year ended 15th May 1882.



49







EXPENDITURE (Exclu-


LOANS.




Sink-
ing








siye of Balances).


*




Fund.


NOTES.




III




fl


.


ts2






1

li


, if any.
estedat
B Year.






Ml


1—1


1
O


J-


Outstanding
beginning o
Year.


1


r


Total Amount,
remaining Inv
the close of thi








£


£


£


£


£


£


£


£






1


97


(a) 12




809












(a) To bank.




2


SB




87


95

















S


36




.


66
















4


25




43


668


.














6


[5




a6


351


.














6


27




67


594


.














7


(0




16


456
















8


S5




.


156


.















9


51




10


241

















10


428




88


466
















11


16




2


17
















12


144




2


146


'















18


164




3


167


.






.








14


276


16


21


313


184


7




191








16


107




3


110
















16


854




5


859


.






.








17


1.159




285


1,444

















18


26




2


28
















19


88




4


92
















20


2.818




368


2,681


.














21


8,288


28


942


1
9,258 184


7




191







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Appendices to Fifteenth Annual Report



Note II. (con^ini^).— ABSTKACT of Sums Raised and Expended



DISTRICT BOARDS

OF

RIVERS.



Oree,

Dee (Solway),

Dee (Aberdeen),

DeveroD,

Don,

Esk (North), .

Esk (South), .

Findhorn,

Forth, .

Qirvftn, .

Kyle of Sutherland,

Lochy, .

Ness,

Nitb, .



Tay,
Ugie,
Ytban, .
Tweed, .



Precise
Date to

which
Accounts
are made
up.



1882
31 Dec.

1883
15 May



28 Aug.
15 May
24 Aug.

- Sept.
15 May



1 Oct.
16 May

15 „
1882
9 Oct.
1883

20 Aug.

9 »
1882

31 Oct
1888

30 June



Total



Rateable
Value of
Fisheries.



1.720

532

1,200

9.931

2,569

3,016

5,624

2,476

3,493

3,896

671

2,388

1,873

8,238

499

8,654

19,223

339

790

13,746



RECEIPTS (Exdusiye of Balances).



86,776



Assess-




ments,


Penalties


2.5 & 26


and Ex-


Vict c.
97.


penses.


£


£


688


26


27


9


60




697


16


302


1


480


23


478


6


186


,


320




390


4




18


119




7


406


406




125


1



Other
Sources

of
Incomi*.



866

1,346

26

151
2,749



78

1
170



9,320



757



10



11



18



11



14



Total.



£
733

46

60
624
303
612
483
186
320
412

18
119
413
405
126
866
1,435

25

152

2,933



98 10,170



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by District Fishbrt Boards, during Year ended 15th May 1883.





'


EXPENDITURE
(Exclusive of Balances).


LOANS.




Sink-
ing
Fund,


NOTES.




Salaries of
nstables,
tchere, &c.


(m I rr


i


Qg at the
r the Year.

luring the


1


i


ut, if any,
nvested at
the Year.






Wages and

Clerks, Co

BaUiffs, Wa


o

a
•-<


O


1


Outstandi]
beginning ol


r


a
•c

1


5


Total Amou
remaining I
the close of








£


£


£


£


£


£


£


£


£






1


420


17


7.


444






















2


51




2


58






















8


62








62























4


612






53


665






















5


290






11


801






















6


610




61


571























7


889




' 16


405






















8


165




24


189






















9


280




15


295






















10


418






16


483






















11


15






1


16























12


87






7


94






















13


411






2


413




















14


278




16


29


317


191








85


166








15


82






»


91




















16


903




6


909




















17


998






560


1.563




















18


21




2


23


.


















19


143




10


163




















20
21


2,887




618


2,960




















8,462


B%


1,448


9,937


191






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RECEIPTS (EzclusiYe of Balanaes).














DISTRICT BOARDS

OF

RIVERS.


Date to

which

Aocount8

are made

up.


Rateable
Value of
Fisheries.


Asaeas-
ments
25^26
Victc
97.


Penalties
and Ex-
penses.


Other
Sources

of
Income.


Total.


i


Annan, .




1884
15 May


1,864


£
878


£

18


£


£
891


1


Cree, .




M M


680


27




10


87


2


Dee (Solway),




27 Aug.


1,200


60


1


.


61


3


Dee (Aberdeen),




SlJuly


10,604


680


4


9


684


4


Deveron,




16 May


2,649


808


6


■•


809


6


Don, .




SlJuly


8,499


696


24




619


6


Esk (North), .




25 Aug.


6,849


418


6




419


7


Esk (South), .




31 ,.


2,646


178


2


.


180


8


Findhom,




16 Sept


8,601


820








820


9


Forth, .




15 May


8,862


886







886


10


Oirraii, .




It tt


671


.


78


.


78 ■ 11


KyleofSmherlaud




•• >•


2,280


114


.


1


116 i 12


Lochy .




i» »»


1,677


7


.


406


412 , 13


Nee., . .




»» »»


2,924


827


2


8


837 14


Nith, . .




*• tt


606


126


8





184 15


Spey. . .




tt tt


8,464


881


.





881 ' Itf


T.y, . .




20 Aug.


17,778


1,244


62


7


1,818 ' 17


Ugie. . .




9 M


839


28


.


.


28 18


Ythan, .




81 July


726


99


.


-


99 19


Twteil, .




80 June
Total


18,668


2,726


170


11


2,906


20






86,811


8,886


876


442


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EXPENDITURE




LOANS.




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(KxduBive of Balances).






ing
Fund.


NOTES.




ill


1


i
1


i


II


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Year.




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Wages and

Clerks, Co

Bailiffs, Ws


J


o


1




B

x

s

1


?2

f

s
O


Totol Amou
remaining I
the close of






£


£


£


£


£


£


£


£


£






1


822


10


172


504




















2


27




2


29
























8


64






.


64
























4


699






81


680
























5


801






13


814



























470






108


678

























1


882






1


888
























8


lf6






8


179



























824




2


6


832
























10


414






18


482
























11


20








20
























12


178






6


179
























18


410






.


410























14


276




12


80


818


166








21


186










16


88






64


147

























878






8


876
























17


1,064






872


1,486
























18


26






2


28
























19


91






8


99
























20

21


2,888






886


2,772
























8,481


24


1,270


9,776


166






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