Tuesday 20 August 2019


There has been a further drop in the overall conservation status of Scotland's rivers in terms of salmon.
The annual assessments enable Scottish Government to set conservation measures regarding the taking of wild fish on each river in an effort to ensure sustainability.
What Categories mean when it comes to river by river conservation
River gradings for 2020 were announced today (August 20th), with individual rivers having until 19th September to make representations to Scottish Government if they feel their population assessment is incorrect.
Members should now take note and act accordingly.
Representations can be made to salmonandrecreationalfisheries@gov.scot or to Marine Scotland, Salmon and Recreational Fisheries Team, Area 1B North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ.
Compared to 2019, there are 36 Category 1 rivers for 2020 instead of 48- a sizeable drop in only 12 months.
Category 2 rivers have increased by 4 to 34 compared to 2019 assessments but Category 3 rivers are up 8 to 103.
The full announcement can be found, here: https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/marine/Salmon-Trout-Coarse/fishreform/licence/status/limits
Table shows the changes from 2019.