SALMON and sea-trout rod catch figures on the River Tweed are promising in the face of "alarming decline" seen across river systems.

According to data captured by the River Tweed Commission (RTC), showed that there had been a salmon rod catch of 5,720, and an "encouraging" increase in sea-trout catch of 2,285 - the highest catch since 2015.

There are "alarming" declines in Atlantic salmon populations across river systems, with climate change posing a threat as water temperatures rise which pose a risk to habitats during hot and dry summers.

In a bid to introduce proactive measures in recognition of the challenges posed by climate change, RTC launched a study in 2023.

While the work of this study is still ongoing, preliminary analysis has identified key gaps and outlined long-term preservation strategies.

Jonathan Reddin, chief commissioner, said: "Our aim is to foster more meaningful involvement from all stakeholders in the Tweed community.

"However, there are no simple solutions or instant remedies.

"Our only recourse is to exert maximum effort and efficiency in addressing the underlying factors contributing to these challenges."

RTC will build on knowledge gained by the Tweed Foundation and Forum by delivering a baseline audit of the Gala Water using existing tools such as fish counters, electrofishing, and smolt trap monitoring.

These tools will provide "valuable insights" into the condition of the Gala Water and improve catchment management issues related to healthy fish stocks.

Findings from the analysis with be used to inform a detailed report, help identify future programmes, and act as a blueprint for catchment-wide audits.

The RTC has identified that collaboration with Scottish Fishery Boards will be a "cornerstone of effective conservation practices" in order to cope with shared challenges.

An RTC spokesperson added: "While there is no quick fix for enhancing adult salmon abundance, the RTC remains steadfast in its dedication to fostering partnerships and driving collaborative initiatives for the betterment of Tweed's aquatic environment."