The Tweed Foundation has published an assessment of the conservation case for the Scottish Government’s proposal to ban the killing by angling of wild Atlantic Salmon except under licence with associated carcass tagging regulations, baits and lures regulations, and a provision for charging for the system.
Separate from the case for controlling the exploitation of mixed stock fisheries, it concludes that restricting the numbers of adults killed by anglers under the proposed licence system could not have any conservation value as:
- The proportion of the national stock killed by anglers is too small to be having any significant effect;
- The adult to egg stage is actually the most resilient part of the Salmon life cycle, due to the high fecundity of female Salmon, so shortage of fry due to shortage of spawners is only an infrequent and local issue that does not require a national licencing system which would,
- Be extremely difficult to implement in practical terms.
The report can be read HERE