- Total reported sea trout catch (retained and released) in
Scotland as a whole in 2012 was 22,051. Catches have declined
over much of the period since 1952, when our records began. Total
reported catch in 2012 had decreased by 3% compared to the
previous 5-year average and was the fifth lowest in the 61 year
- The proportion of the total rod catch accounted for by catch
and release remains among the highest since records began in 1994
and accounted for 71% of the catch in 2012.
- There are clear differences among geographic regions in the
relative strength of the 2012 rod catch. All mainland regions in
the west of Scotland reported catches which were within the
lowest eleven recorded for their region over the period 1952 to
2012. The reported catch in Moray Firth and North East regions
were, similarly, the lowest and fifth lowest respectively over
the same period. Catches in the East and North regions in 2012
were, on the other hand, both among the top ten catches recorded
within their respective regions, while the catch recorded in the
Outer Hebrides was close to the mid-point in the time series.
- Catch and effort for both fixed engine and net & coble
fisheries remain at historically low levels. Reported catch in
each fishery was 2,433 and 2,682; 4% and 1% of the maximum
reported in the respective time series. Fishing effort in these
fisheries was 236.5 trap months and 78.5 crew months; the fifth
and sixth lowest, respectively, since records began in 1952.
- The information presented here is a summary of the data from
1,864 forms returned from 2,018 issued (92% return rate) for the
2012 season. Return rates for the previous 10 years have been
between 93% and 96%.
Current status of stocks
Since 2003, rod catches of sea trout in Scotland as a whole have been among the lowest in the time-series.The catch in 2012 was the fifth lowest in the 61 year time series.
There are clear differences among geographic regions in the relative strength of the 2012 rod catch. Catches in all mainland regions in the west of Scotland together with the Moray Firth and North East regions are at historically low levels, while catches in the East and North Regions are among the highest catches recorded within their respective regions over the last 61 years. The catch recorded in the Outer Hebrides was close to the mid-point of the time series for that region.
The status of stocks on smaller geographical scales ( e.g. among or within catchments) may differ both from each other and also from the overall assessments presented above.