Scottish Land and Estates has noted with interest the announcement from the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, that there is to be a consultation to introduce statutory protection of spring salmon on Scottish rivers. Speaking in response to a parliamentary question, Mr Wheelhouse said he would like to see compulsory catch and release until 1st April and a delayed start to the netting season, to come into force next year. He aims for these provisions to be in place for a period of five years and for the situation to then be reviewed.
David Johnstone, Chairman of Scottish Land and Estates said: “Many of our members are extremely keen that we should do all we can to protect spring salmon and so we will be gathering our member’s views and engaging with the consultation with a view to ensure the most appropriate solution is reached”.
The Scottish Government’s Wild Fisheries Review continues alongside this proposed consultation. Together, they should result in a robust management system with clear expectations which will ensure Scottish salmon and the fishing sector can continue to thrive.
Scotland has world renowned fishing which significantly contributes environmentally, socially and economically. We must aspire to maintain and improve our rivers and lochs to provide good breeding stock whilst a sustainable harvest can be made.