The Trust have installed the first fish counter in the District at Fankerton Weir on the River Carron. The opportunity to install a fish counter arose this year as TLS Hydro were constructing a hydro scheme at the site and installing a new Alaskan fish pass and eel brush to allow fish up over the weir, possibly for the first time since the early 1800s.
The idea for a fish counter received a lot of enthusiasm and support from many community groups and no fewer than ten local funders. TLS Hydro were immensely supportive, and without their help and compliance, the project would not have been possible. It now looks likely that the fish counter will be operational in November 2015, and then all that remains is for us to build a new public footpath to the weir, design and install two new interpretation boards and link them to our website where a new webpage will display live data transmitted directly from the counter. As this project progresses we will update this webpage to include the interactive pages of the fish counter.
This project was funded by the River Forth Fisheries Trust, Forth District Salmon Fishery Board, Communities Along The Carron Association, Larbert and Stenhousemuir Angling Club, Falkirk Council, Falkirk Council Community Fund, TLS Hydro, Falkirk Environment Trust.