Publication - Regulation/directive/order

Conservation of wild salmon

Published: 30 May 2019

The Conservation of Salmon (Scotland) Regulations 2016 outlined for the first time a system under which the killing of Atlantic salmon in inland waters is managed on an annual basis by categorising the conservation status of their stocks.

Conservation of wild salmon
Assessment for the 2020 season

Background

The Conservation of Salmon (Scotland) Regulations 2016 outlined for the first time a system whereby the killing of Atlantic salmon in inland waters is managed on an annual basis by categorising the conservation status of their stocks. The Scottish Government is now consulting on proposals for the 2020 fishing season.

The conservation status of stocks is assessed on a river by river basis, except for those areas where fishery catch cannot be assigned to individual rivers. In such cases rivers are combined to form assessment groups. The conservation status of each stock is defined by the probability of the stock meeting its conservation limit over a five-year period. Rather than a simple pass or fail, stocks are allocated to one of three grades, each with its own recommended management actions:


Contact

Email: salmonandrecreationalfisheries@gov.scot

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Marine Scotland
Salmon and Recreational Fisheries Team
Area 1B North
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ