Salmon Interactions Working Group Report: Scottish Government Response

Our response to the recommendations in the Salmon Interactions Working Group report [May 2020]


1. The proportion of the rod catch accounted for by catch and release has generally increased since 1994, when such information was first recorded. In 2020, 93% of the annual rod catch, and 99% of the spring rod catch, were released. Salmon fishery statistics: 2020 - (

2. In 2015, a new set of rules came into force in Norway to regulate the collective responsibility for recapturing farmed fish that have escaped and ended up in rivers. On the basis of the new rules, OURO, an organisation tasked with removing escapee farmed fish from bodies of water, was formed in the same year. OURO is financed by the industry and involvement is compulsory for farmers.



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