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Freshwater Fish Introductions & Licensing Team
MSS Freshwater Laboratory
Faskally
PITLOCHRY
PH16 5LB

Email: MSSFFIntroductions@gov.scot
or
MSSFFLicensing@gov.scot

Freshwater Fish

Fish IntroductionsIntroductions of Fish Fry or Ova to Scottish Inland Waters

With the aim of protecting native biodiversity from the consequences of introductions of non-native fish, legislation came into force on 01 August 2008, regulating the introduction (i.e. stocking) of all species of freshwater fish within Scotland. The legislation makes it an offence for any person to intentionally introduce any live fish or spawn of any fish into inland waters, or possess such with the intention of introduction without previous written agreement of the appropriate authority.

Further information and an application form for consent to introduce fish, fry or ova into Scottish inland waters can be found in the Introduction of freshwater fish and ova section.

Consent to Catch Salmon or Other Freshwater Fish During the Close Season and Using Otherwise Unlawful Methods

Under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003 licences can be issued for scientific or fisheries management purposes for methods of fishing for salmon (includes sea trout), or other freshwater fish, which would be otherwise illegal.

The following are common fishing methods that often require licences:

  • Electro-fishing
  • Fishing using nets
  • Fishing using traps
  • Fishing by any method including rod and line during the close time

Further information and an application form for a close season and illegal method licence can be found in the Consent to catch salmon or other freshwater fish section.