(reprinted from Ken's website, see link to the right of this page)
As the Celtic Sea Trout Project enters its final year, the organisers are calling for on-going help with scale collection (http://www.celticseatrout.com/about/programme.htm)
The Celtic Sea Trout Project (CSTP) is a European Union, Interreg IVA-funded, Ireland-Wales collaborative project on the status, distribution, genetics and ecology of sea trout around the Irish Sea.
Like any large-scale scientific project, the CSTP is reliant upon effective field sampling to collect data and material such as scales from fish for analysis, and the Project’s steering group is very keen to continue angler participation in scale collecting during 2012, which has been very successful on some rivers, less so on others.
The scale sampling to date has had mixed fortunes, but participation has been very good with over 1,600 anglers sending in 3974 sets, of which 2,322 came in 2011. The Project organisers are tremendously grateful to all of those who helped. Some rivers have done particularly well, such as the Border Esk, the Irish Dee, Argideen, Castletown and Currane, and on others some of the shortfall has been made up with other forms of sampling. CSTP will continue the sampling in 2012.
The prize draw for the champion scale samplers will be held in Carmarthen 21st March 2013, but the CSTP needs the continued support of anglers in 2012. Scales can be taken easily once you have the basic kit which is provided. CSTP project team members are available to present talks to angling clubs if required.
Contact them through the CSTP website, http://www.celticseatrout.com/about/programme.htm .