What is the Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust?

The Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust (LLFT) is an environmental charity formed in 2001 to champion the conservation and restoration of Loch Lomond's native fish populations, their habitats and the freshwater environment.

What does the Trust do?

Our aim is to maintain and restore aquatic biodiversity in and around Loch Lomond by means of practical, responsible and sustainable approaches to water, land and fishery management based on sound science.

The year for LLFT involves planning, research and school projects from January to March. Once the weather improves we are able start our core activities of monitoring and research into fish species in the catchment area. From March to May, the salmon and trout smolt migration. This information provides an indication of the health of the fish population within the system. Throughout the summer, LLFT will be continuing our work managing and controlling the invasive non native species, such as Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed (INNS) along the river banks. Towards the end of the season, the focus of our work is on electro-fishing to establish the number and age classes of juvenile salmonoids within stretches of river. All this data is then collated and analysed over the winter months which helps develop management plans throughout the Loch Lomond catchment area.

LLFT also attended various festivals and events to promote the work we do.

What LLFT is doing…?

• collecting data to monitor the health of fish populations

• conducting scientific research aimed at understanding and enhancing the freshwater environment

• collaborating with other conservation, fishery and heritage organisations to enhance the aquatic environment

• providing practical advice on the management of fisheries and rivers

• informing and educating people about the freshwater resource of Loch Lomond