Salmon Net Fishery
As a result of the Salmon Conservation Regulations, retention of salmon caught in coastal waters has been prohibited since the 2016 season, which applies mainly to fixed engine fisheries. Net fisheries were first required to report caught and released fish for the 2021 season. In 2022, 100% of fish caught by the fixed engine fisheries (including the haaf nets in the Solway region) and 22% of fish caught by the net and coble fisheries were released.
In 2022, a total of 475 wild salmon were reported caught and retained in the net and coble fishery, the second lowest catch since 1952. A further 136 wild salmon were reported as caught and released. The haaf net fishery in the Solway region reported no caught and retained salmon, and 411 caught and released salmon. Other types of fixed engine fisheries reported no wild salmon caught.
Data source: 2022 Scottish salmon and sea trout statistics, Supplementary Tables, Tables 2, 3 and 4, from Marine Scotland.
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