A major on-line fundraising event is being held by local charity The Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust (OHFT).
This was formed as the Western Isles Fisheries Trust (WIFT) in 1996 and is a community-based organisation conducting scientific research into wild fish stocks and advising on freshwater fisheries management.
The Trust has received donations from the local estates around the Hebrides for salmon and sea trout fishing for next season, as well as a Macnab Challenge, (which involves bagging a salmon, stag and brace of grouse within one day between dawn and dusk), deer stalking, a Greys GTS500 Fly Fishing Reel, and a 15ft Sharpes Gordon 2 Spey Salmon Rod.
Also on offer via their eBay site is a week’s self-catering accommodation in Dalmore; a week’s self-catering at Arran Cottage in Harris; a mini break to John O' Groats courtesy of Natural Retreats; 3 days salmon fishing on Tulchan 'a' Beat; FishPal vouchers, as well as a few more items including a 20"x30" framed photographic print of the Callanish standing Stones - courtesy of Derek MacKinnon Photography - and a pearl jewellery set which would make a lovely Christmas gift.
All the details can be found here http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/outerhebridesfisheriestrust and they have the auction running until Sunday evening with the lots finishing at intervals between 7pm and 8pm.
The Trust works closely with the Rivers and Fisheries Trust Scotland (RAFTS), its umbrella organisation; with Marine Scotland, the Association of Salmon Fisheries Boards (ASFB) and the Western Isles District Salmon Fisheries Board (WIDSFB).
The Trust employs three members of staff.
Funding for OHFT is received from a variety of sources including a grant from the Western Isles District Salmon Fisheries Board, public sector grants for specific projects and from charitable donations.
OHFT is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee.