To Fisheries Management Scotland members,
This is to provide you with a summary statement on the latest information on Pink salmon in Scotland. The key information is below, and I attach a graph to show the weekly comparison with 2017.
If you have any questions, please let me know. As before, our advice to anglers is that any pink salmon which are caught should be humanely despatched and retained. The Fisheries Management Scotland guidance provides more information.
Pink salmon in Scotland
Fisheries Management Scotland is collecting data on reported incidences of Pink salmon in Scotland during 2019. This information is being collected on behalf of Marine Scotland and the agencies Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Environment Protection Agency. Fisheries Management Scotland have produced guidance and Marine Scotland have produced an information sheet.
This guidance and information reflects the current situation.
The District Salmon Fishery Boards and Rivers and Fisheries Trusts are conducting local surveillance to inform the reporting process, and asking anglers to report sightings and captures. Samples of fish are being collected and held by these organisations for potential analysis. The data is being shared with Marine Scotland, SNH and SEPA so that the situation can be monitored and risks to native ecology assessed.
Fish have been reported from a number of river systems in Scotland – these include the Tweed, Esk, Dee, Deveron, Spey, Kyle of Sutherland, Polla, Awe and Irvine. It would appear that numbers reported in Scotland so far during 2019 are down, compared to 2017. 13 fish have been reported this year to date, compared to 29 for the same period in 2017. In 2017, the majority of fish were recorded August – so it is possible we may yet see a significant upturn in reports.
Brian Davidson | Dir Communications & Administration
Fisheries Management Scotland
11 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2AS
Tel: 0131 221 6567 | 075844 84602
- Whilst presently lower than 2017, we emphasise that numbers reported during 2019 are still significant in the historical context of incidences of these fish in the UK;
- Fisheries Management Scotland, Marine Scotland SNH & SEPA will continue to monitor the situation closely and further advice may be issued should circumstances change or there is a need to supplement the current guidance