New salmon fishing announcement by the Scottish Government
Following further consultation the minister Aileen McLeod stated:The product of that further consideration has led to a revised scheme and accompanying activity which we have just made public through a press release and detailed web content. I am writing therefore to provide you with notice of that detail, the key elements of which are:
The killing of salmon will be managed on an annual basis by categorising fishery districts and Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) in relation to their conservation status.
Fishing outwith estuary limits will be prohibited for an initial period of 3 years.
Fishing will be restricted to catch and release only, eliminating deliberate killing, in areas where salmon are in poor conservation status.
Steps to reduce killing of salmon will be required in areas where salmon are in moderate conservation status.
The killing of salmon will be allowed in areas in good conservation status.
Conservation plans will be required in areas where salmon fail to meet good conservation status.Further details http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Kill-licence-restrictions-1da5.aspx