Anglers’ online donations help fund Tweed research

FishPal's chief executive officer Mark Cockburn (right) presents the donations to Tweed Foundation director Nick Yonge
FishPal's chief executive officer Mark Cockburn (right) presents the donations to Tweed Foundation director Nick Yonge

VISITING anglers have boosted research on the River Tweed and its tributaries by £3,000.

The fishers donated the money when they made online bookings through Stichill-based agents FishTweed, part of FishPal.

FishPal chief executive officer Mark Cockburn said: “At a time when funding is being cut it is great to be able to help out through the FishPal group of sites with angler donations.”

The foundation says it “aims to protect and enhance the economic and social value of the fishes of the Tweed and the Eye through the study, maintenance and restoration of their populations, ecosystems and habitats and the encouragement of wider participation in angling”.

The money will go to biological research, monitoring and habitat enhancement.

A FishTweed spokesperson said: “The foundation is regarded as being at the forefront of bringing a more professional, scientific approach to salmonid management.”

Mr Cockburn presented the £3,000 cheque to Tweed Foundation director Nick Yonge earlier this month.