Aquaculture Interactions: Shieldaig Field Station

Concerns regarding declining sea trout populations on the West Coast of Scotland in the late 1980s and early 1990s led Scottish Government to set up a long term monitoring programme on the River Shieldaig.


Pert, C. C., Fryer, R. J., Cook, P., Kilburn, R., McBeath, S., McBeath, A., Matejusova, I., Urquhart, K., Weir, S. J., Mccarthy, U., Collins, C., Amundrud, T. & Bricknell, I. R. (2014). Using sentinel cages to estimate infestation pressure on salmonids from sea lice in Loch Shieldaig, Scotland. Aquaculture Environment Interactions, 5, 49-59.

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