“Official data from the Scottish government reveal that 2018 was the worst year on record for wild salmon catches.

Last year in Scotland, a total of 37,196 wild salmons were caught and released, representing just 67% of the previous five-year average total. It is the lowest since records began in 1952.

“This iconic species is now approaching crisis point,” said Alan Wells, Chief executive of Fisheries Management Scotland, – the representative organisation for the District Salmon Fishery Boards and Fisheries Trusts in Scotland.
Alan Wells, the director of Fisheries Management Scotland, says each salmon river faces different challenges, of differing severity. In the north, they come from hydro-electric dams blocking salmon migration routes; on the west coast they are hit by sea lice, parasites attracted by large commercial salmon farms in numerous sea lochs; inland, pollution from farms affects water quality.”
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