Salmon Liaison Group

Overview

In parallel with the conservation status system, the concept of a salmon conservation plan has been introduced. This is 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 assertions.

With the wild fisheries reform programme continuing in parallel, the Salmon Liaison Group (SLG) has been created to steer the development of the methodology behind the conservation status system. Technical working groups have also been created which will be overseen by this primary group.

Remit

The group will inform the process of refinement of determining conservation status and develop an agreed template for salmon conservation plans by:

  • working with Marine Scotland about the approach

  • 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

Related groups

Members

  • Dr John Armstrong (Chair), Marine Scotland Science
  • Lucy Ballantyne, Lochaber Fisheries Trust
  • Dr David Summers, Tay District Salmon Fishery Board
  • Craig MacIntyre, Esk District Salmon Fishery Board
  • Dr Jo Girvan, River Forth Fisheries Trust
  • Dr Stuart Middlemas, Marine Scotland Science
  • Jamie Ribbens, Galloway Fisheries Trust
  • Brian Shaw, The Spey Foundation
  • Dr Keith Williams, Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust
  • Dr Alan Wells, Fisheries Management Scotland
  • Simon Dryden, Marine Scotland
  • Sean Dugan, Fisheries Management Scotland (Secretariat)