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It’s not always easy to spot and identify fish from the river bank so if you’re not a regular angler of the Don you’d be forgiven for not knowing your ruffe from a roach. Here’s a list of the 26 native fish you would expect to find in the Don Catchment’s river systems. Click the picture to find out more about these fish.

Scroll down to see which fish are now missing from our catchment.

Ruffe

Scientific Name: Gymnocephalus cernua
Scientific Family: Percidae

Perch

Scientific Name: Perca fluviatilis
Scientific Family: Percidae

Bullhead

Scientific Name: Cottus gobio
Scientific Family: Cottidae

Common Bream

Scientific Name: Abramis brama
Scientific Family: Cyprinidae

Gudgeon

Scientific Name: Gobio gobio
Scientific Family: Cyprinidae

Common Bleak

Scientific Name: Alburnus alburnus
Scientific Family: Cyprinidae

Rudd

Scientific Name: Scardinius erythrophthalmus
Scientific Family: Cyprinidae

Minnow

Scientific Name: Phoxinus phoxinus
Scientific Family: Cyprinidae

Mirror Carp

Scientific Name: Cyprinus carpio
Scientific Family: Cyprinidae

Dace

Scientific Name: Leuciscus leuciscus
Scientific Family: Cyprinidae

Barbel

Scientific Name: Barbus barbus
Scientific Family: Cyprinidae

Chub

Scientific Name: Squalius cephalus
Scientific Family: Cyprinidae

Roach

Scientific Name: Rutilus rutilus
Scientific Family: Cyprinidae

Tench

Scientific Name: Tinca tinca
Scientific Family: Cyprinidae

Silver Bream

Scientific Name: Blicca bjoerkna
Scientific Family: Cyprinidae

Brown Trout/Sea Trout

Scientific Name: Salmo trutta
Scientific Family: Salmonidae

Atlantic Salmon

Scientific Name: Salmo salar
Scientific Family: Salmonidae

Grayling

Scientific Name: Thymallus thymallus
Scientific Family: Salmonidae

Flounder

Scientific Name: Platichthys flesus
Scientific Family: Pleuronectidae

Smelt

Scientific Name: Osmerus eperlanus
Scientific Family: Osmeridae

Pike

Scientific Name: Esox lucius
Scientific Family: Esocidae

Brook Lamprey

Scientific Name: Lampetra planeri
Scientific Family: Petromyzontidae

Sea Lamprey

Scientific Name: Petromyzon marinus
Scientific Family: Petromyzontidae

Eel

Scientific Name: Anguilla anguilla
Scientific Family: Anguillidae

Three-Spined Stickleback

Scientific Name: Gasterosteus aculeatus
Scientific Family: Gasterosteidae

ten-spined stickleback

Scientific Name: Pungitius pungitius
Scientific Family: Gasterosteidae

Don Catchment’s missing fish

Although many of the original native species of fish have returned to the Don’s river system since it’s regeration, there are still a number of fish that have been unable to return. They may have been lost due to habitat loss/unsuitability, over fishing and pollution/water quality. Many of these species are now being extinct to britian therefore unable to recolonise unless they were reintroduced.

Burbot

Scientific Name: Lota lota
Scientific Family: Lotidae

Sea sturgeon

Scientific Name: Acipenser sturio
Scientific Family: Acipenseridae

river lamprey

Scientific Name: Lampetra fluviatilis
Scientific Family: Petromyzontidae

spined loach

Scientific Name: Cobitis taenia
Scientific Family: Cobitidae

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