Fisheries management and research
RCS are able to draw on internationally renowned hydromorphological and fisheries expertise to advise on and deliver a range of projects to improve and safeguard fish populations. As our team is based on the River Tyne, we are well aware of what it takes to create a river environment that enables salmon and trout to thrive.
RCS provide advice to clients wishing to enhance fish migration by building fish passes or removing barriers. We are well experienced in taking major projects from the feasibility stage to on-the-ground delivery as demonstrated by the completion of a major fish pass project at Hexham.
We are also able to offer expert advice on how to improve in-river habitat for fish using natural instream and riparian features such as woodland creation, large woody debris or strategic placement of boulders. This approach is increasingly recognised as vital for recreating natural river processes and providing fish with the conditions they need to thrive. In addition to direct practical work, we can offer high level scientific expertise to guide the successful delivery of research projects. The team recently supported the design and delivery of research projects in California to assess the way trout eggs respond to different temperature regimes with a view to understanding their response to warming rivers.