With regard to the low counts- I assume the counters only record fish of a certain size. I say this because the reported sea trout sightings and captures this year seriously outweigh those figures. Unless of course they are all going over the gate. As for the seals- its good to see them being discussed in terms that aren't exaggerated, after all if they were taking 'millions' then tens of thousands of salmon would make it upstream. However, culls aren't going to happen, nor is anything that prevents them from feeding. We can hope that nature balances things out as it has done in the past with that 'flu type' virus that comes round every so often- but in the meantime I'd just be glad its one or two of Tees resident population and not the full 'gang' from Greatham.