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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-01383: Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 25 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what data it will use to determine the categorisation of salmon rivers for season 2018-19.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 November 2017

The assessment of salmon rivers by Marine Scotland for the 2018 fishing season is based on two main data sets: rod catches returned by anglers and information from fish counters around the country. The technical guide - Assessing the Conservation Status of Salmon in Scotland – which we published in September 2017 as part of our recent consultation on proposed river gradings sets out in detail how the data is derived and used.

The consultation period ended on 13 October 2017 and over 150 responses have been received. We are now considering these in detail and will bring forward draft regulations in due course.