Scotland's natural environment supports an extensive range of world-renowned fishing opportunities that attract anglers from communities across Scotland and further afield.
- Wild fisheries reform: To develop and promote a modern, evidence-based management system for wild fisheries fit for purpose in the 21st century and capable of responding to the changing environment.
- Conservation: Measures designed to improve the conservation status of salmon by managing the pressure of exploitation through fishing within Scotland’s domestic waters.
- Enforcement: The enforcement of the law relating to salmon and freshwater fishing in Scotland is facilitated by the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003.
- Science and research: Freshwater fisheries science involves investigation into fish populations, their habitats and the fisheries that exploit them to provide information required for effective management.
- Eels: Scotland's Eel Management Plan will help achieve the objective of the European Regulation to protect and ensure the sustainable exploitation of the European eel.
Find out more about game fisheries, coarse fisheries and sea angling.
We carried out a Wild Fisheries Review in 2014.
The aims of the review were to:
- develop and promote a modern, evidence-based management system for wild fisheries fit for purpose in the 21st century and capable of responding to the changing environment
- manage, conserve and develop our wild fisheries to maximise the sustainable benefit of Scotland’s wild fish resources to the country as a whole and particularly to rural areas
On 8 October 2014, the review submitted its final report and 54 recommendations to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.