October 1, 2008
Rod Catches of Salmon the Third Highest on Record
By GRAEME SMITH
THE number of salmon caught by anglers in Scotland's rivers last year was among the highest since records began in 1952.
Of 91,000 caught, more than 55,000 (or 61per cent) were released back into the water. Up until 2007, more than 90,000 had been caught on only two occasions - 96,488 in 1988 and 92,918 in 2004.
The number of salmon and grilse killed fell to 65,468, of which 19,468 were by netsmen.
The total reported Scottish catch of sea trout in 2007 was 27,115, compared to 28,824 in 2006.
Hugh Campbell Adamson, chairman of the Association of Salmon Fishery Boards, said: "This is the fourth consecutive year of encouraging rod catches for salmon.
"The 2007 total is the third highest on record . . . the rod catch trend over the last four years suggests that the number of salmon currently entering our rivers is fairly stable, and on most rivers robust.
"All the hard work over the last decade o improve and conserve salmon stocks is now paying dividends despite the uncertain nature of marine survival.
"Anglers are playing a vital part in our conservation efforts with 2007 seeing a quantum leap in the number of salmon caught and released.
"This amounted to 61per cent of the total salmon rod catch " he said.
Originally published by Newsquest Media Group.
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