Scottish wild salmon strategy

Sets out the vision, objectives and priority themes to ensure the protection and recovery of Scottish Atlantic wild salmon populations.


1 Hereinafter salmon refers to wild Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) unless otherwise stated.

2 Salmon fishery statistics: 2020 - (

3 Conservation of wild salmon - (

4 Salmon fishing: proposed river gradings for 2022 season - (


6 Salmon | OSPAR Commission

7 Annex II of the Habitats Directive identifies animal and plant species of community interest whose conservation requires the designation of Special Areas of Conservation.

8 Annex V of the Habitats Directive identifies animal and plant species of community interest whose taking in the wild and exploitation may be subject to management measures.

9 Scottish Biodiversity List | NatureScot

10 Priority marine features in Scotland's seas | NatureScot

11 PACEC. 2017. An Analysis of the Value of Wild Fisheries in Scotland. Available at:

12 A smolt is a young salmon at the stage when it migrates from freshwater to the sea.

13 Scotland's National Marine Plan - (

14 The draft Fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4) is under consultation at time of writing National Planning Framework | Transforming Planning

15 Salmon Interactions Working Group Report: Scottish Government Response - (

16 Scottish Government and Scottish Green Party: draft shared policy programme - (

17 WGNAS (

18 OSPAR Recommendation 2016/3 on furthering the protection and conservation of the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in Regions I, II, III and IV of the OSPAR maritime area (

19 Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003 (

20 The Scotland Act 1998 (River Tweed) Order 2006 (

21 A few areas including for example Clyde, Irvine and Garnock, and Mull do not have DSFBs but manage their fisheries through other means, with water bailiffs appointed by Scottish Ministers.

22 Environment | National Performance Framework



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