Kielder Hatchery and Smolt Trap Open Day
On the 14th of May the Environment Agency is hosting an open day at Kielder as part of the Living North Sea ‘Fish Migration Day’. The day is an open invitation to all who may be interested in learning more about the Kielder
Smolt Trap and the Living North Sea project in general.
The event will last from 10am (meet 09:30 at hatchery visitor centre) till around 14:00 and will comprise of a short hatchery tour where guests will be able to see the set up of a salmon hatchery as well as the rare pearl mussels and endangered Ennerdale Arctic Charr.
Guests will then embark on a short walk to the Kielder burn smolt where wild sea trout and ranched salmon smolts will be captured. After a lunch break (guests are advised to bring a picnic) the smolts will be released below Kielder Dam to continue their journey to sea. Again guests are welcome to come to the release point and participate in releasing the smolts back to the river.
Places are limited to 40 , if you would like to attend please contact the Environment Agency’s external relations team on 0191 2034138 before Friday the 13th of May to book a place.
Anyone who has not had the chance to visit Kielder Hatchery, I would strongly recommend it. Regards Anne Woodcock