August 5, 2008

On the Trail of the Tyne’s Silvery Salmon

A TRAVELLING art exhibition plotting the migration journey of the salmon arrived at Newcastle's Quayside yesterday.

The Tyne Salmon Trail has seen the creation of nine giant cubes, each with a separate theme inspired by the textures, changing colours, movement and journey of the salmon. All of the cubes have moved along the Tyne over the past year, following the fish's route down river from their birthplace in Kielder, Northumberland, to the mouth of the Tyne and out to the North Sea.

The cubes have different identities, including fins, scales and bones, and have been placed in poignant positions along the River Tyne, informing residents about the North East's most valuable natural resource.

Ross Lowrie, project manager at the Environment Agency, said: "The Tyne Salmon Trail has been a fantastic opportunity for us to remind people of the fantastic resource they have on their doorstep.

"Over the past few years, the River Tyne has been totally transformed through a valuable clean-up process and the reintroduction of fish stocks back into the river."

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