Publication - Consultation paper

Salmon fishing: proposed river gradings for 2022 season

Published: 11 Aug 2021

Views sought on proposed river gradings for the 2022 salmon fishing season.

Published:
11 Aug 2021
Salmon fishing: proposed river gradings for 2022 season

In this document:

Overview

Proposed river gradings for the 2022 salmon fishing season have been published. These are set out below.

You can submit your views on the proposed gradings and regulations, between 11 August and 10 September 2021. See how to do this below.

Proposed river gradings for the 2022 season

An assessment of the conservation status of salmon in inland waters in Scotland is carried out each year and each river or assessment group is assigned a grading depending on the outcome of that assessment. 

You can watch a video explaining the annual assessment process.

As a result of the latest assessment, we are proposing that the grading of a number of rivers or groups of rivers will change for the 2022 fishing season.

The proposed gradings are set out in the following tables.

Summary table

Category

2016

(Districts)

2017 (Rivers)

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

(Proposed)

1

11

47

28

48

36

36

35

2

15

48

21

30

34

35

37

3

82

73

122

95

103

102

101

▲       Grade rises one level - this applies to 8 rivers in 2022.

▼       Grade falls one level - this applies to 8 rivers in 2022.

Note: Count will come to 102 for Grade 3 due to North Harris SAC lying in two fishery districts.

Clyde Coast

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

District

River Name 

Outflow point

2022 - Proposed

Change

2

3

2

3

3

Ayr

River Ayr

NS 3282 2274

3

 no change 

3

3

3

3

3

Carradale

Carradale Water

NR 8023 3722

3

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Carradale

Glenlussa Water

NR 7652 2552

3

no change

2

3

2

2

2

Clyde and Leven

Endrick Water SAC

NS 4262 8957

2

no change

2

1

2

2

2

Clyde and Leven

River Clyde

NS 4615 7250

2

 no change 

3

3

3

3

3

Clyde and Leven

River Goil

NN 1959 0147

3

no change

2

3

2

2

2

Clyde and Leven

River Leven (Dunbartonshire) *

NS 3951 7423

2

no change

1

1

2

2

2

Doon

River Doon

NS 3238 1952

2

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Echaig (Eckaig)

River Eachaig

NS 1569 8277

3

 no change 

3

3

3

3

3

Fyne

Cuilarstich Burn

NR 8598 8796

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Fyne

Kinglas Water

NN 1803 1086

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Fyne

River Aray

NN 0982 0905

3

no change

1

2

2

3

3

Girvan

Water of Girvan

NX 1827 9820

2

3

3

3

3

3

Iorsa

Glenrosa Water

NS 0110 3666

3

 no change 

3

3

3

3

3

Iorsa

Iorsa Water

NR 8831 3686

3

no change

3

3

2

3

3

Iorsa

Machrie Water

NR 8926 3350

3

no change

1

2

2

2

2

Irvine

River Garnock

NS 3064 3827

2

 no change 

3

3

3

3

3

Irvine

River Irvine

NS 3069 3824

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Ruel

River Ruel

NS 0112 8100

3

no change

1

1

1

2

2

Stinchar

River Stinchar

NX 0810 8166

2

no change

* The River Leven (Dunbartonshire) is awarded a Grade 2 due to the presence of the Grade 2 Endrick Water SAC within the system.

East Region

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

District

River Name 

Outflow point

2022 - Proposed

Change

3

3

3

3

3

Forth

River Almond

NT 1888 7705

3

 no change 

3

3

3

3

3

Forth

River Avon

NS 9559 8111

3

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Forth

River Carron (Grangemouth)

NS 9310 8280

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Forth

River Devon

NS 8492 9359

3

no change

2

2

2

2

2

Forth

River Forth

NS 7982 9439

2

 no change 

3

3

3

3

3

Forth

River Leven (Fife)

NO 3803 0041

3

no change

1

1

1

2

2

Forth

River Teith SAC **

NS 7982 9439

2

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Forth

River Tyne

NT 6246 7926

3

no change

2

3

2

3

3

Tay

River Earn

NO 1980 1865

3

 no change 

2

3

3

3

3

Tay

River Eden

NO 4519 1919

3

no change

1

1

1

1

1

Tay

River Tay SAC

NO 1970 1888

1

no change

1

1

1

1

1

Tweed

River Tweed SAC

NU 0010 5228

1

no change

** The River Teith SAC excludes: 1) the Allan Water which drains to NS 7866 9603 and 2) all inland waters which drain to NS 7695 9614. It is awarded a Grade 2 due to the Grade 2 in the wider River Forth.

Moray Firth Region

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

District

River Name 

Outflow point

2022 - Proposed

Change

1

3

1

2

1

Alness

Alness River

NH 6586 6803

2

3

3

3

3

3

Alness

Balnagowan River

NH 7797 7299

3

 no change 

1

3

3

3

3

Alness

River Glass 

NH 6278 6561

3

no change

2

3

1

1

1

Beauly

River Beauly

NH 5537 4816

1

no change

1

1

1

1

1

Conon

River Conon

NH 5616 5788

1

no change

1

2

1

2

2

Deveron

River Deveron

NJ 6945 6385

2

 no change 

3

3

3

3

3

Deveron

Water of Philorth

NK 0223 6487

3

 no change 

1

1

1

1

1

Findhorn

River Findhorn

NJ 0244 6184

1

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Lossie

River Lossie

NJ 2384 7072

3

no change

1

1

1

1

1

Nairn

River Nairn

NH 8886 5710

1

no change

3

3

1

2

1

Ness

River Moriston SAC

NH 4298 1622

2

3 > 2

3 > 2

1

2

1

Ness

River Ness (excluding the Moriston)

NH 6599 4700

2

1

1

1

1

1

Spey

River Spey SAC

NJ 3439 6567

1

no change

North East Region

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

District

River Name 

Outflow point

2022 - Proposed

Change

3

3

3

3

3

Bervie

Bervie Water

NO 8356 7253

3

 no change 

3

3

3

3

3

Dee (Aberdeenshire)

Carron Water

NO 8753 8573

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Dee (Aberdeenshire)

Cowie Water

NO 8754 8621

3

no change

1

1

1

1

1

Dee (Aberdeenshire)

River Dee SAC

NJ 9655 0605

1

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Don

River Don

NJ 9528 0943

3

 no change 

1

1

1

1

1

North Esk

River North Esk

NO 7394 6251

1

 no change 

1

2

1

2

2

South Esk

River South Esk SAC

NO 6753 5771

2

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Ugie

River Ugie

NK 1217 4739

3

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Ythan

River Ythan

NK 0063 2441

3

no change

North Region 

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

District

River Name 

Outflow point

2022 - Proposed

Change

1

3

1

1

1

Berriedale

Berriedale and Langwell Waters SAC

ND 1202 2248

1

no change

1

3

1

1

1

Brora

River Brora

NC 9099 0384

1

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Brora

River Loth

NC 9537 0980

3

no change

1

3

1

1

1

Dunbeath

Dunbeath Water

ND 1649 2946

1

no change

1

2

1

1

1

Forss

Forss Water

ND 0286 6994

1

no change

1

3

1

1

2

Grudie

Kyle of Durness

Daill River

NC 3592 6822

2

no change

1

3

1

1

2

Grudie

Kyle of Durness

Grudie River

NC 3583 6307

2

no change

1

3

1

1

2

Grudie

Kyle of Durness

River Dionard

NC 3647 6252

2

no change

1

1

1

1

1

Halladale

Halladale River

NC 8891 6481

1

no change

1

1

1

1

1

Helmsdale

River Helmsdale

ND 0286 1514

1

no change

1

3

1

2

2

Hope and Polla or Strathbeg

River Hope

NC 4788 6209

2

no change

 

3

3

3

3

Hope and Polla or Strathbeg

River Polla

NC 3909 5470

3

no change

1

3

1

2

2

Kinloch

Kinloch River

NC 5564 5287

2

no change

1

1

1

1

1

Kyle of Sutherland

River Carron (Bonar Bridge)

NH 6063 9189

1

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Kyle of Sutherland

River Evelix

NH 7344 8756

3

no change

1

1

1

1

1

Kyle of Sutherland

River Oykel SAC

NH 6093 9121

1

no change

2

1

1

1

1

Kyle of Sutherland

River Shin

NH 5723 9664

1

no change

1

1

1

1

1

Naver and Borgie

River Borgie SAC

NC 6839 6227

1

no change

1

1

1

1

1

Naver and Borgie

River Naver SAC

NC 7100 6017

1

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Strathy

River Strathy

NC 8346 6578

3

no change

1

1

1

1

1

Thurso

River Thurso SAC

ND 1176 6817

1

no change

1

1

1

1

1

Wick

Wick River

ND 3623 5089

1

no change

North West Region - Cape Wrath to Kyle of Lochalsh

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

District

River Name 

Outflow point

2022 - Proposed

Change

3

3

3

3

3

Applecross

River Applecross 

NG 7146 4548

3

no change

1

3

1

2

2

Badachro

Kerry and Badachro group

Badachro River

NG 7826 7375

3

1

3

1

2

2

Badachro

Kerry and Badachro group

River Kerry

NG 8122 7388

3

2

3

2

2

3

Balgay

Balgy River 

NG 8476 5465

3

no change

3

3

2

2

2

Broom

River Broom

NH 1765 8511

1

2

3

1

1

1

Ewe

River Ewe

NG 8576 8091

1

no change

2

3

2

1

1

Gruinard

Gruinard River

NG 9586 9201

1

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Gruinard

Little Gruinard River SAC

NG 9473 8991

3

no change

 

3

3

3

3

Inchard

Abhainn Aisir Mhor system

NC 2017 5833

3

no change

1

2

1

1

1

Inchard

Rhiconich River

NC 2535 5228

1

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Inchard

Strath Shinary River

NC 2249 6543

3

no change

2

3

1

2

2

Inver

River Inver

NC 0957 2305

2

no change

3

3

2

2

2

Kanaird (Kennart)

River Kanaird

NC 1211 0030

2

no change

2

3

2

3

3

Kirkaig

Polly and Oscaig

River Oscaig

NC 0413 1363

3

no change

2

3

2

3

3

Kirkaig

Polly and Oscaig

River Polly

NC 0663 1413

3

no change

1

1

1

1

1

Kirkaig

River Kirkaig

NC 0778 1939

1

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Laxford

Duartmore Burn

NC 1787 3695

3

no change

1

3

1

1

2

Laxford

Laxford and Gleann Dubh 

Gleann Dubh River

NC 2873 3340

3

1

3

1

1

2

Laxford

Laxford and Gleann Dubh 

River Laxford

NC 2293 4737

3

2

3

3

3

3

Little Loch Broom

(Little Broom)

Dundonnel River

NH 0906 8879

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Torridon

River Torridon

NG 8995 5510

3

no change

2

3

3

3

2

Ullapool

Ullapool River

NH 1233 9469

2

no change

North West Region - Kyle of Lochalsh to Ardnamurchan

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

District

River Name 

Outflow point

2022 - Proposed

Change

3

3

3

3

3

Ailort (Aylort)

River Ailort

NM 7649 8202

2

2

3

3

3

3

Arnisdale

River Arnisdale

NG 8499 0935

3

no change

2

3

2

2

2

Carron

River Carron (Strathcarron)

NG 9339 4138

2

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Croe (Crowe)

River Shiel (Shiel Bridge)

NG 9327 1889

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Glenelg

Gleann Beag River

NG 8044 1812

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Glenelg

Glenmore River

NG 8119 1987

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Kilchoan

Inverie and Guiserein 

Gleann na Guiserein River

NG 7425 0730

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Kilchoan

Inverie and Guiserein 

Inverie River

NM 7743 9887

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Kilchoan

River Carnach

NM 8617 9602

3

no change

2

3

2

3

3

Loch Long

Ling and Elchaig 

River Elchaig

NG 9344 3016

3

no change

2

3

2

3

3

Loch Long

Ling and Elchaig 

River Ling

NG 9350 3025

3

no change

2

3

3

2

2

Moidart

River Moidart

NM 7078 7242

2

no change

2

3

2

3

3

Morar

River Morar

NM 6755 9247

2

3

3

3

3

3

Shiel

Achateny and Fascadale 

Achateny Water

NM 5185 7063

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Shiel

Achateny and Fascadale 

Allt Fascadale

NM 4987 7069

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Shiel

River Shiel (Shielfoot)

NM 6596 7116

3

no change

Other Areas

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

District

River Name 

Outflow point

2022 - Proposed

Change

3

3

***

***

***

Drummachloy

No individual river data held

 

***

no change

3

3

***

***

***

Fleet (Sutherland)

No individual river data held

 

***

no change

3

3

***

***

***

Gour

No individual river data held

 

***

no change

3

3

***

***

***

Kishorn

No individual river data held

 

***

no change

3

3

***

***

***

Orkney Islands

No individual river data held

 

***

no change

3

3

***

***

***

Sanda

No individual river data held

 

***

no change

3

3

***

***

***

Shetland Islands

No individual river data held

 

***

no change

3

3

***

***

***

Small Isles

No individual river data held

 

***

no change

*** No individual river data is held in 8 Districts - These remain Grade 3 for 2022.

Outer Hebrides

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

District

River Name 

Outflow point

2022 - Proposed

Change

3

3

3

3

3

Clayburn

East Harris 

Abhainn Leac a' Li

NG 1256 9290

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Clayburn

East Harris 

Abhainn na Ciste

NG 0745 8753

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Clayburn

East Harris 

Loch Creavat system

NG 1183 9286

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Clayburn

East Harris 

Loch Flodabay system

NG 0996 8893

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Clayburn

East Harris 

Loch Huamavat system

NG 0821 8764

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Clayburn

East Harris 

Loch Manias system

NG 1001 8940

3

no change

2

2

1

1

2

Clayburn

Laxadale Lochs 

NG 1815 9952

2

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Clayburn

Scaladale and Vigadale 

River Scaladale

NB 1900 1029

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Clayburn

Scaladale and Vigadale 

River Vigadale 

NB 1892 1150

3

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Creed

Eishken Estate 

Abhainn Shromois 

NB 2485 1555

3

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Creed

Eishken Estate 

Abhainn Smuaisibhig

NB 2726 0486

3

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Creed

Eishken Estate 

Loch Eishken system 

NB 3278 1184

3

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Creed

Eishken Estate 

Loch Sgiobacleit system

NB 2944 1632

3

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Creed

Eishken Estate 

Loch Stiomrabhaigh system

NB 3465 1145

3

no change

1

2

1

1

2

Creed

River Creed

NB 4185 3178

2

no change

2

3

3

3

2

Creed

Soval Estate  

Loch Strandavat system 

NB 2701 1975

2

no change

2

3

3

3

2

Creed

Soval Estate  

River Laxay 

NB 3320 2118

2

no change

 

 

3

3

3

Creed

Aline Estate

Abhainn Mhuil

NB 2134 1282

3

no change

 

 

3

3

3

Creed

Aline Estate

Abhainn Mor Kintaravay

NB 2319 1729

3

no change

1

2

2

2

3

Fincastle

Loch Steisavat system 

NG 0145 8697

3

no change

1

1

1

2

1

Fincastle

River Laxdale (Harris)

NG 0921 9722

1

no change

3

3

1

2

3

Fincastle

North Harris SAC

Abhainn Mhiabhaig

NB 0994 0602

3

no change

3

3

1

2

3

Fincastle

North Harris SAC

Amhuinnsuidhe

NB 0498 0768

3

no change

3

3

1

2

3

Fincastle

North Harris SAC

Leosavay River

NB 0408 0809

3

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Gress (Greiss)

River Gress 

NB 4902 4120

3

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Gress (Greiss)

Laxdale and Blackwater (Lewis)

River Laxadale

NB 4321 3443

3

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Gress (Greiss)

Laxdale and Blackwater (Lewis)

River Blackwater

NB 4417 3590

3

no change

2

3

1

1

2

Howmore

Howmore and Loch Bi

Howmore River

NF 7541 3622

2

no change

2

3

1

1

2

Howmore

Howmore and Loch Bi

Loch Bi system

NF 7694 4640

2

no change

2

2

3

3

3

Howmore

Kildonan and Loch a' Bharp 

Loch a' Bharp system

NF 7892 2041

3

no change

2

2

3

3

3

Howmore

Kildonan and Loch a' Bharp 

Loch Kildonan system 

NF 7232 2759

3

no change

2

2

2

2

2

Loch Roag

Caslabhat and Tamanabhaigh  

Abhainn Caslabhat

NB 0354 3136

3

2

2

2

2

2

Loch Roag

Caslabhat and Tamanabhaigh  

Abhainn Tamanabhaigh

NB 0404 2014

3

1

1

1

1

1

Loch Roag

Forsa River (Lewis)

NB 0533 3260

1

no change

1

2

1

1

1

Loch Roag

Langavat SAC 

NB 2155 2968

1

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Loch Roag

Loch Morsgail system

NB 1387 2427

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Loch Roag

Mhor a' Ghlinne Ruaidh and Geisiadar

Abhainn Mhor a' Ghlinne Ruaidh

NB 1017 3255

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Loch Roag

Mhor a' Ghlinne Ruaidh and Geisiadar

Loch Geisiadar system

NB 1131 3221

3

no change

1

2

1

2

2

Loch Roag

River Barvas 

NB 3404 5079

2

no change

1

2

1

1

1

Loch Roag

River Blackwater (Lewis) 

NB 2339 3140

1

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Loch Roag

River Carloway 

NB 2021 4245

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Mullanageren, Horasary and Lochna-Ciste (North Uist)

Abhainn Eig 

NF 7716 7376

3

no change

 

3

3

3

2

Mullanageren, Horasary and Lochna-Ciste (North Uist)

Horisary River

NF 7611 6761

1

3

2

2

2

2

Mullanageren, Horasary and Lochna-Ciste (North Uist)

North Uist Lochs

Loch Grogary system

NF 7088 7204

3

3

2

2

2

2

Mullanageren, Horasary and Lochna-Ciste (North Uist)

North Uist Lochs

Loch nan Geireann system

NF 8438 7363

3

3

2

2

2

2

Mullanageren, Horasary and Lochna-Ciste (North Uist)

North Uist Lochs

Loch Sgealtair system

NF 9065 6840

3

3

3

1

2

3

Resort

North Harris SAC

Abhainn Mhor Ceann Reasort

NB 1060 1720

3

no change

3

3

1

2

3

Resort

North Harris SAC

Loch a' Ghlinne system 

NB 0181 1355

3

no change

Skye

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

District

River Name 

Outflow point

2022 - Proposed

Change

3

3

3

3

3

Sligachan, Broadford and Portree

Broadford River

NG 6413 2362

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Sligachan, Broadford and Portree

Brogaig, Stenscholl and Kilmaluag 

Kilmaluag River

NG 4387 7491

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Sligachan, Broadford and Portree

Brogaig, Stenscholl and Kilmaluag 

River Brogaig

NG 4760 6848

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Sligachan, Broadford and Portree

Brogaig, Stenscholl and Kilmaluag 

Stenscholl River

NG 4847 6829

3

no change

 

3

3

3

2

Sligachan, Broadford and Portree

Lealt River

NG 5203 6046

2

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Sligachan, Broadford and Portree

River Sligachan

NG 4908 3044

3

no change

2

3

2

2

1

Sligachan, Broadford and Portree

Varragill River

NG 4766 4122

1

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Snizort

Drynoch and Eynort

Eynort River

NG 3810 2644

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Snizort

Drynoch and Eynort

River Drynoch

NG 4062 3140

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Snizort

Fhionnairigh and Scavaig

Abhainn Camas Fhionnairigh

NG 5096 1880

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Snizort

Fhionnairigh and Scavaig

Scavaig River

NG 4874 1949

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Snizort

Fhionnairigh and Scavaig

Ant-Statha Mhoir

NG 5642 2239

3

no change

1

3

2

3

3

Snizort

Hinnisdal to Haultin

River Haultin

NG 4168 5173

3

no change

1

3

2

3

3

Snizort

Hinnisdal to Haultin

River Hinnisdal

NG 3828 5755

3

no change

1

3

2

3

3

Snizort

Hinnisdal to Haultin

River Romesdal

NG 4079 5338

3

no change

3

3

2

2

2

Snizort

Snizort and Ose

River Ose

NG 3137 4063

2

no change

3

3

2

2

2

Snizort

Snizort and Ose

River Snizort

NG 4137 4878

2

no change

Solway

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

District

River Name 

Outflow point

2022 - Proposed

Change

3

3

3

3

3

Annan

River Annan

NY 1904 6454

3

no change

2

3

3

3

2

Bladnoch (Bladenoch)

River Bladnoch SAC

NX 4407 5482

2

no change

1

1

1

1

1

Cree

River Cree

NX 4654 5812

1

no change

3

3

2

2

3

Dee (Kirkcudbright)

River Dee (Kirkcudbrightshire)

NX 6842 5127

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Fleet (Kirkcudbright)

Water of Fleet

NX 5876 5476

3

no change

2

2

3

3

3

Luce

Water of Luce

NX 1955 5563

2

2

1

2

3

3

Nith

River Nith

NX 9945 6610

3

no change

2

2

2

2

2

Urr

Urr Water

NX 8362 5458

2

no change

West Region

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

District

River Name 

Outflow point

2022 - Proposed

Change

3

3

3

3

3

Add

River Add

NR 8049 9248

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Aline

River Aline

NM 6976 4751

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Awe

River Awe

NN 0127 3273

3

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Awe

River Etive

NN 1162 4537

2

3

3

3

3

Baa

Coladoir and Leidle

Coladoir River

NM 5421 2886

3

no change

3

3

3

3

Baa

Coladoir and Leidle

Leidle River

NM 5187 2644

3

no change

1

1

1

1

1

Baa

River Ba

NM 5372 4109

1

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Baa

River Bellart

NM 4299 5175

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Creran

River Creran

NN 0054 4563

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Inner

Corran River

NR 5459 7123

3

no change

2

3

2

2

3

Inner

Lussa River (Jura)

NR 6425 8682

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Inner

Oisdale River

NR 5973 8412

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Laggan

Kintour and Claggain

Claggain River

NR 4630 5364

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Laggan

Kintour and Claggain

Kintour River

NR 4652 5175

3

no change

3

3

2

3

2

Laggan

Laggan and Sorn

River Laggan

NR 2928 5541

2

no change

3

3

2

3

2

Laggan

Laggan and Sorn

River Sorn

NR 3326 6209

2

no change

2

3

3

3

3

Leven

River Coe

NN 0981 5921

3

no change

2

1

3

3

3

Leven

River Leven (Inverness-shire)

NN 1814 6214

2

2

2

2

2

2

Lochy

River Lochy

NN 1089 7477

3

1

2

3

3

3

Lochy

River Nevis

NN 1087 7466

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Lussa

Lussa River (Mull)

NM 6895 3085

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Nell

River Euchar

NM 8244 2218

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Nell

River Nell

NM 8750 2471

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Ormsary

Barr Water

NR 6610 3576

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Pennygowan

Aros River

NM 5585 4474

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Pennygowan

River Forsa (Mull)

NM 6000 4331

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Scaddle

River Scaddle

NN 0233 6853

3

no change

3

3

3

3

3

Sunart

Carnoch River

NM 8352 6071

3

no change

How to submit your views

By law, we are required to publish notice of the proposals and invite representations or objections to them.

If you wish to submit a view on the above proposed gradings you should:

Email: salmonandrecreationalfisheries@gov.scot

Or write to:

Salmon and Recreational Fisheries

PO Box 24196

Edinburgh

EH7 9GJ

You should submit your views between 11 August and 10 September 2021.

Background to the assessment

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:

Category

Probability of Meeting Conservation Limit (CL)

Advice

1

At least 80%

Exploitation is sustainable therefore no additional management action is currently required. This recognises the effectiveness of existing non-statutory local management interventions.

2

60-80%

Management action is necessary to reduce exploitation: catch and release should be promoted strongly in the first instance. The need for mandatory catch and release will be reviewed annually.

3

Less than 60%

Exploitation is unsustainable therefore management action, including mandatory catch and release (all methods), is required to reduce exploitation.

Changes from the 2021 assessment

The assessment for the 2022 season has followed the methodology developed in previous years. No new rivers or groups have been added for this year’s assessment.

While the methodology has not changed for the 2022 season, the assessment has been made using the most up to date data available from fish counters and catch returns from the 2020 fishing season. The 2020 fishing season was affected by the restrictions imposed by the pandemic which inevitably led to a reduction in “rod-effort” and the numbers of fish caught.

Although it is not possible to fully account for the complexity of the pandemic and its impact on rod fishing, local information was used to develop methods which allow its impact to be accounted for in stock assessments for each river or group of rivers. This ensures that the outcomes of the assessment are based on the best available information. A paper on methods for accounting for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adult salmon stock estimates in Scotland was published by Marine Scotland Science earlier this year.

Proposed river gradings for the 2022 season

The proposed river gradings can be viewed for each river or group of rivers in the tables above.

You may also check the proposed 2022 grading for individual rivers, or more detailed information for any of the rivers.

The overall position, and the net effect of the various changes is summarised in the table below:

Category

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

(Proposed)

1

47

28

48

36

36

35

2

48

21

30

34

35

37

3

73

122

95

103

102

101

The detailed changes for the coming year are:

Eight rivers or groups rise one grade from the previous year. Of these, six systems will no longer require catch and release. These are:

  • River Ailort
  • River Etive
  • Water of Girvan
  • River Leven (Inverness-shire)
  • Water of Luce
  • River Morar

​​​​Eight systems fall one grade, including five rivers which will become mandatory catch and release fisheries in 2022. These are: 

  • Kerry and Badachro group
  • Laxford and Gleann Dubh
  • Casablhat and Tamanabhaigh
  • River Lochy
  • North Uist Lochs

As in previous years, we propose that River Leven (Dunbartonshire), assessed at grade 1, should be awarded grade 2 status to reflect the lower grading of a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in the catchment – Endrick Water; and 

The River Teith SAC is assessed at grade 1 while the Forth is a grade 2. However, the situation is complicated by the overlap between the areas (the Teith SAC extends into the River Forth) and we again propose that we should use the lower of the 2 grades for both areas, as we did for 2021.

Proposed regulations

The Conservation of Salmon (Scotland) Regulations 2016, as amended, set out the regime for the regulation of salmon fishing in Scotland. In general terms the regulations:

  • prohibit the retention of salmon caught in coastal waters;
  • permit the killing of salmon within inland waters where stocks are above a defined conservation limit – i.e. those rivers accorded category 1 or 2 status for the fishing season; and
  • require mandatory catch and release of salmon in areas which are below their defined conservation limit following the assessment of salmon stocks – i.e. those rivers accorded category 3 status for the season.

For the 2022 season, the Scottish Government will bring forward amending regulations which will replace the current Schedule 2. This schedule details the specific inland waters which are subject to the prohibition on retaining salmon.

No other changes are currently proposed for the 2022 season.

River Tweed

Separate legislation and arrangements are in place for the management of salmon and freshwater fisheries in the River Tweed district. The Tweed Regulation (Salmon Conservation) (No. 2) Order 2016 (“the Tweed No. 2 Order”) came into force on 1 April 2017 and made provision to regulate the taking of salmon in the district. In effect the Order:

  • prohibits the retention of salmon caught in coastal waters in the Tweed district; and
  • allows the retention of salmon caught in the Tweed and all inland waters in the district as defined in article 2(1)(a) of the Order.

The outcome of the conservation assessment for the Tweed for the 2022 season again accords the river Category 1 status. In the light of this, the Scottish Government does not propose to amend the legislation as a result of the latest assessment and the Tweed No. 2 Order will remain in force.

Documents

Clyde Coast

139 page PDF
14.4 MB

East Region

81 page PDF
8.7 MB

Moray Firth Region

89 page PDF
9.6 MB

North East Region

57 page PDF
6.5 MB

North Region

124 page PDF
14.5 MB

Outer Hebrides Region

152 page PDF
17.5 MB

Skye

48 page PDF
6.4 MB

Solway Region

46 page PDF
5.7 MB

West Region

134 page PDF
17.5 MB

Contact

Email: salmonandrecreationalfisheries@gov.scot

Postal address:
Salmon and Recreational Fisheries
PO Box 24196
Edinburgh
EH7 9GJ