Grayling Genetics Update

This is a brief e-mail to inform you where we are at with the grayling genetics project and to thank you all for your involvement so far. To date, we have collected over 700 samples and these will be sent over to Bangor University today. A post doc will be undertaking the lab analysis work beginning in July.

As I see things, we have completed the fin clip collection from the following rivers (unless you know different?):
Annan, Avon (Hampshire), Welsh Dee, Derwent (Derbyshire), Derwent (Yorkshire), Dorset Frome, Dove, Earn, Itchen, Test, Ure & Wylye.

There are rivers where sampling is part complete (approximate number of samples in brackets):
Aire (17), Eden (39), Pickering Beck (13), Ribble (20), Severn (39), Welsh Wye (14), Wharfe (21)

The final category is rivers where a small number of samples have been taken or these are important grayling fisheries which should be included if possible:
Clyde, Driffield West Beck (5), Hodder, Irfon (6), Kennet, Lambourn, Tweed, Teviot, Vyrnwy

With the new grayling angling season just a week away (in England & Wales), we could do with anglers getting out fishing for grayling in rivers in the second and third categories – otherwise we’ll miss the opportunity to get this catchments incorporated in the project. For those who kindly volunteered to collect samples or co-ordinate collection in the incomplete catchments, would you please e-mail or telephone me soon to tell me if you need vials or perhaps additional anglers to help achieve the 50 fin clips by the end of July / mid August. Otherwise I’m happy to let you complete the task. If you feel there is little chance of collecting the 50 samples, please call me to discuss.

Cheers, Rich