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MSS Salmon Assessment Group
Freshwater Laboratory Field Station
Inchbraoch House, South Quay
Ferryden, Montrose
DD10 9SL

Phone: 01674 677070
Fax: 01674 672604

E-mail: ms.catchform@gov.scot

Scottish Salmon and Sea Trout Fishery Statistics

  • Fishery statistics since 1952Official Statistics
    The salmon and sea trout fishery statistics are published by Scottish Government in accordance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. Fishery statistics for a given season are published in the following April.


  • Salmon Conservation Regulations
    The Scottish Government has introduced a range of measures designed to improve the conservation status of wild salmon by managing their exploitation through fishing within Scotland’s domestic waters. These regulations will have an effect on the catch and effort data reported by Scottish salmon fisheries.

    More information on Spring Conservation measures and the Conservation Regulations are available on the Scottish Government web pages.


  • Collecting Salmon and Sea Trout Fishery Data
    The fishery data held by Marine Scotland Science (MSS) are obtained from returns made annually by the proprietors, occupiers or agents of salmon and sea trout fisheries throughout Scotland.

    Under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003, wilful refusal to return a completed catch form constitutes an offence under the Act.


  • Publication Scheme
    Topic sheets provide summaries of the fishery statistics for both salmon and sea trout for a given fishing season, together with a commentary which places the reports in the context of a time series of information which has been collected since 1952.

    In addition, reported fishery statistics from 1952 to the most recently published fishing season may be downloaded for all 109 Scottish fishery districts.

If you would like to receive information on Scottish salmon and sea trout fisheries in the future, please get in touch using the contact details on the left hand side.