In June 2012 the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Fisheries department was successful in its €2.5 million Interreg IVA channel programme funding application to the EU. The project is called MorFish (Monitoring For Migratory Fish) and involves working in partnership with the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) based in Rennes, Brittany. The project will run until June 2015 and scientists from both organisations will be collaborating to deliver three key objectives:
- Aligning the data collection on salmon populations on the rivers Frome in Dorset and Oir and Scorff in Brittany.
- Aligning and interrogating long term environmental and salmon population data sets from both organisations via Dr Stephen Gregory.
- Generating management advice for mullet and sea lamprey using the facilities on the Frome, Oir and Scorff.
These objectives will enable the three rivers to collect data in a similar way so that the data collected is compatible and can be analysed in unison thus providing a better understanding of the drivers behind changes in our populations of migratory fish.