Fishing and other activities on the River Tweed support 513 full-time equivalent jobs and pump £24 million into the economy of the Borders and North Northumberland, according to a report published this week.
Despite a couple of difficult years for angling, the economic benefit of Europe’s most important Salmon river has grown substantially in recent years, according to an independent report by SQW, who last reviewed the economic impact in 2006.
In the nine years since the last report, the annual economic value of the River has increased by £6 million and an additional 23 full-time jobs are being supported along the Tweed and its tributaries.
The River Tweed Commission, which engaged SQW consultants, has welcomed the report’s findings. This cross-border body, which includes a majority of council nominees sitting alongside Scottish and English proprietors, has statutory responsibility for regulating the river system.
The chairman, Douglas Dobie, said, “This report highlights how the Commission places appropriate emphasis on the economic contribution of the River, alongside its environmental and ecological importance, which is recognised internationally.
“The economic benefits of the River allow the Commission to continue to invest heavily in long-term scientific research to underpin the evidence-based management of the River.”
In the past decade the RTC has channelled research grants totalling £1.3 million into The Tweed Foundation ensuring that the River is studied and managed according to the highest international standards.
The Tweed Foundation’s biologists use the Tweed Fisheries Management Plan to monitor the fish stocks, alongside on-going work to maintain the highest environmental and management practices on the River including identifying and taking preventative measures against invasive species, which are threats to the River’s native fishes.
Commenting on the report, Mr Dobie said: “This report underlines the success and importance of managing the River Tweed on a long-term basis: over the past decade the economic contribution of the activities on the Tweed has continued to grow, as has our scientific understanding of the whole River system. We are unique in Scotland in this regard.
“While we have had a couple of testing years for anglers, this report underscores the increasing importance of the River to the local economies north and south of the border.
“And with the commitment of the Commission to keep investing in the management and science of the River through the Tweed Foundation, we can be confident that the positive impact will continue to be enjoyed locally, nationally and internationally.”
- Background on the statutory functions and responsibilities of the River Tweed Commission
- The Tweed Foundation’s latest Annual Report