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New salmon fishing announcement by the Scottish Government

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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.

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