The Scottish Government has announced welcome revisions to its proposals to license the killing of wild salmon. A more targeted approach will see fishery districts categorised according to their salmon’s conservation status and a charging scheme will no longer be pursued. The killing of salmon will be allowed where salmon are in good conservation status, restricted in areas of moderate conservation status and salmon fishing will be restricted to purely catch and release where the conservation status is poor. In addition, conservation plans will be required in areas where salmon fail to meet good conservation status. Fishing for salmon outwith estuary limits will remain prohibited as previously proposed.