A new scientific study is to investigate whether migrating Atlantic salmon are likely to be affected by wind, wave or tidal energy devices deployed around Scotland's coast
The project will focus on the Pentland Firth between the north coast of the British mainland and Orkney. It is a stretch of water once described by First Minister Alex Salmond as having the potential to become the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy because of its strong tides and winds.
But the firth is also close to all of the rivers of Caithness and northern Sutherland, and salmon use it as a route to and from the large east coast rivers further south. The Pentland Salmon Initiative is led by scientists from North Highland College UHI's Environmental Research Institute (ERI), part of the University of the Highlands and Islands.