In parallel to the Conservation status system, the concept of a salmon conservation plan has been introduced, with the purpose of providing a national understanding of the factors that may be having an effect on the conservation status and a sense of the evidence supporting those assertions.
With the Wild Fisheries Reform programme continuing in parallel, the Marine Scotland & Local Biologist Liaison Group (MSLBLG) has been created to steer the development of the methodology behind the conservation status system. A number of technical working groups have also been created which will be overseen by this primary group.
The remit of the MSLBLG is to inform the process of refinement of determining conservation status and develop an agreed template for salmon conservation plans through:
Working with Marine Scotland about the approach for the 2017 season and over the longer-term
Comment on and agree the draft remits for the proposed topic-specific working groups, and discuss potential additional technical working groups
Developing, agreeing and reviewing a template to provide a national understanding of the factors that may be having an effect on the conservation status and a sense of the evidence supporting those beliefs
Where appropriate, working with the wider network of biologists to identify individuals with the appropriate expertise to sit on topic-specific working groups
Keeping the wider network of biologists, and local stakeholders, informed about the process and a forum through which local information can be assessed and incorporated.
|Name ||Organisation |
|Dr John Armstrong (Chair) ||Marine Scotland Science |
|Dr Diane Baum ||Lochaber Fisheries Trust |
|Stuart Brabbs ||Ayrshire Rivers Trust |
|Dr Ronald Campbell ||The Tweed Foundation |
|Dr Jo Girvan ||River Forth Fisheries Trust |
|Dr Lorraine Hawkins ||River Dee Trust |
|James Hunt ||Scottish Fisheries Co-ordination Centre |
|Jamie Ribbens ||Galloway Fisheries Trust |
|Brian Shaw ||The Spey Foundation |
|Dr Keith Williams ||Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust |
|Kerrie Campbell ||Marine Scotland |
|Sean Dugan (Secretariat) ||Scottish Fisheries Co-ordination Centre |
Review of Technical Working Group Outcomes
On the 8th December, the MSLBLG will be holding a workshop to:
review progress made to date by the exploitation rate, grilse-error, electrofishing data and fish counters working groups
promote discussion on the conservation regulations system for 2017
consider next steps, moving forward
Workshop materials are now available online.