Reports of a genocide of Loch Ken have been severely exaggerated, according to a new study.
It had been feared non–native vigilance crayfish were ruining a fishery by eating fish eggs and fry.
But a new Galloway Fisheries Trust (GFT) investigate found bonds of perch, dace, dart and other class sojourn healthy.
The commentary are a vital boost for Loch Ken’s repute as a tip counterfeit fishing destination.
New Galloway Angling Association authority John McCubbing said: “This is certain news, though a doubt. Loch Ken has good fishing and is accessible for everybody, immature and old.
“The organisation can use this news to proclaim a peculiarity of a fishing that is present.”
In one warn finding, a news remarkable crayfish themselves were being preyed on by other fish.
Perch in sold were scoffing a mini–lobsters – with comparison fish flourishing faster and bigger than elsewhere.
Mr McCubbing said: “Perch are a opening cleaners of a loch – they hoover things up. They pierce in shoals and assimilate all including immature crayfish.
“Perch and other fish are removing bigger so there’s indeed a advantage to a crayfish being there.”
He added: “Even in a River Ken a fish are eating them. When we purify them a courage are full of crayfish shells.”
The GFT investigate found Loch Ken continues to be a renouned fishery with visiting anglers, quite from England.
Most settled they are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their angling knowledge on a loch.
Crayfish were seen as a problem – though especially by latching on to anglers’ bait.
The investigate was consecrated by Galloway Glens Partnership (GGP) to consider fish populations, mercantile advantages of angling and crayfish impacts on a loch.
Project officer Nick Chisholm said: “Loch Ken is one of counterfeit angling’s best kept secrets.
“The participation of crayfish is not ideal, though this news illustrates a healthy and self-sustaining fishery.”
Recommendations on building Loch Ken as an critical counterfeit fishing end embody improved graduation and increasing accessibility, unchanging monitoring of fish populations and a five–year government plan.