Pupils get fishy in the classroom

Garlieston Primary pupils examine their electrofishing catch
Garlieston Primary pupils examine their electrofishing catch

Garlieston Primary School recently completed its Salmon in the Classroom project with an “electrofishing” demonstration at Malzie Burn on the River Bladnoch catchment.

The Galloway Fisheries Trust, which delivers the project across Galloway, met the children onsite and described the process of “magic” involved in catching fish using an electrical circuit in the water.

The children were fascinated to see just how many juvenile fish can be caught in a small section of the burn and the GFT explained the effectiveness of the electrofishing circuit depending on water conductivity, fish size and species composition.

Salmon and trout fry and parr were captured in good numbers and the children were also able to see the European eel in a range of sizes and discuss the differences in life history between the migratory fish species.

Any primary school teachers who would like to have their class involved in the Salmon in the Classroom project should contact Rowan Armstrong at the Galloway Fisheries Trust. The project begins again in February.