Pledge sought to help save our wild salmon

April 07, 2021

The call has come from the national representatives of the Dee Fishery Board and Trust - Fisheries Management Scotland.

Their Chief Executive, Dr Alan Wells, said: “The reasons for catastrophic declines in our salmon and sea trout are complex, but there are several practical measures which we know will make a difference if we act urgently. The Scottish Parliament has a critical role. That is why we are asking all candidates and the political parties to commit to three vital measures.”

1. Make saving Scotland’s salmon a national conservation priority.

2. Fund the planting of native trees beside those rivers which Marine Scotland Science has identified as vulnerable to damaging temperature rises.

3. Implement in full the unanimous recommendations of the Salmon Interactions Working Group, which was established by the Scottish Government, comprising wild salmon conservation bodies and the fish farming industry.

Dr Wells said: “We would ask anyone with an interest in the future of our iconic wild salmon to contact the candidates in their constituency and region, asking them to commit to these crucial pledges.”