Scotch distillery sponsors fish breeding project

28th November, 2014 by Becky Paskin

A Speyside Scotch whisky distillery has completed an environmental project to help increase fish populations in nearby river the Mackalea Burn.

Mackalea-Burn-fish-pass

The Mackalea Burn fish pass, built with support by Speyburn Distillery

Speyburn Distillery has sponsored Scottish charity the Spey Foundation to build a pass in a man-made obstacle in the river to allow salmon and sea trout to swim past and reach their breeding ground beyond.

The distillery, which produces Speyburn single malt whisky for International Beverage Holdings, is also donating £1 to the charity for every person that joins its free online community, Clan Speyburn.

Mark Steven, brand manager for Speyburn, said: “The River Spey is at the heart of our whisky, the local community and its wildlife, so it has been wonderful to partner with a charity which shares our commitment to its conservation.

“The Mackalea Burn project will make a really positive and long term impact on the river’s ecological status and we are very proud to have been involved in the collaboration.”

The distillery is now working with the Spey Foundation to develop another fish pass on the Granty Burn next to the distillery, which is due for completion in 2015.

Speyburn is the latest in a string of Scotch whisky distilleries that are investing in protecting the flora and fauna of their surrounding environment.

Earlier this month Glenmorangie unveiled a new travel retail exclusive, Dornoch, the proceeds of which are donated to the Marine Conservation Society to help sustain the Dornoch Firth estuary beside the Highland Distillery in Scotland.

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