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Call for anglers to report threats to native wild Atlantic salmon in Scottish rivers

By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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Pink salmon. Pic: Peter Quail.
Pink salmon. Pic: Peter Quail.

Fisheries Management Scotland has developed a suite of surveys to help the public to report issues that they see in a bid to protect native wild Atlantic salmon and freshwater fish.

In recent years, there has been concern about the invasive breeds of non–native pink salmon, outbreaks of disease, and escaped farmed fish in Scotland’s rivers. These issues can cause serious problems for Scotland's native wild Atlantic salmon and freshwater fish. In order to fully understand the extent and severity of these issues across Scotland, Fisheries Management Scotland calls for the help of anglers and the general public to report sightings using a survey.

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The surveys let you report information so it can be assessed and passed to the relevant organisation as appropriate, to gain a wider understanding of this issue nationally.

Alan Wells, chief executive of Missing Salmon Alliance said: “Fisheries managers across Scotland are working hard to protect and restore our precious wild salmon and freshwater fish, but we cannot do this alone.

"We need the help of anglers, fishery owners, other water users, and the general public to use our apps to report issues affecting our wild fish. This will play an important part in informing the actions that fisheries managers and Scottish Government agencies take to address these pressures.”

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