Fish Stocks

Managing stocks on the Dee sits at the very core of what we do.

Atlantic Salmon, Scotland's iconic 'king of fish', have a fascinating life cycle. Juvenile salmon spend their early life in the river before leaving it to feed and grow in the marine environment. When they are mature and ready to mate they return to their native waterway to spawn.


Consequently, salmon need a range of conditions if they are to successfully spawn including:

  • good spawning habitat,
  • diverse in-river habitat for juveniles to grow, feed, and shelter from predators,
  • no barriers to migration and unimpeded passage through commercial operations in river and at sea,
  • plenty of food to grow to maturity and the energy to return thousands of miles to their native river,
  • suitable habitat for adults to spend time in the river until it is time to spawn.

The Board and Trust work to protect and enhance salmon stocks on the Dee by ensuring as many salmon as possible leave the river in good condition and that the river is full of good quality habitat with few barriers to migration when the breeding fish return to the river.


Fishery managers like ourselves have a number of management options open to them to protect and enhance wild salmon stocks:

  1. Improving habitat and restoring access
  2. Reducing exploitation
  3. Stocking
  4. Monitoring the juvenile and adult fish populations


Follow the links to find out more about the work we do to support salmon on the River Dee.


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January 30, 2020

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