C+R at record high in Scotland

Anglers are increasingly heeding calls to operate a catch and release policy, according to the latest figures released by Marine Scotland today, helping to support vulnerable stocks.

The figures show that the total rod catch for salmon was the highest on record, with 110,496 salmon and grilse caught. This is an increase of 31 per cent on the previous five year average.

Of these, 70 per cent were caught and released, with this figure rising to 86 per cent for spring salmon.

There were 27,704 sea trout caught in 2010, 34 per cent higher than the previous five year average. Of these, 72 per cent were caught and released.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

“I am delighted that 2010 produced the highest rod catches of salmon in Scotland ever recorded. These figures come on the back of some successful years, although we must remember that salmon numbers can be affected by many factors. These results illustrate the commitment of many anglers on our salmon rivers to forward looking management.

“That said anglers, by again increasing the percentage of fish that they release, are to be congratulated for playing their part. By releasing 70 per cent of their catch they continue to contribute greatly to the quality of angling opportunity available to themselves and their fellow anglers.”

Story appeared on the Scottish Government website today.

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4 Responses to C+R at record high in Scotland

  1. Bruce says:

    These are some impressive numbers! It sounds promising for the future indeed! Makes me want to move to Scotland :D!

    Thanks for sharing these stats!

  2. henrygiles says:

    Yes they are impressive figures aren’t they?
    Scotland: I move there twice a year, July and October .. !

  3. Bruce says:

    I had the chance to fish in the Spey river, but about 10 years ago…. I miss Scotland and the Highlands! Amazing place!

    • henrygiles says:

      Me too, I miss the Highlands (Loch Broom) which I used to visit with a school friend’s family who had a place there during my teen years (I caught my first sea-trout from the Broom river and remember watching salmon and grilse swim past my legs in the sea pool at each high tide). But I keep booking fishing elsewhere!
      I have never fished the Spey and would, of course, love to – just lovely fly water – like the Gaula I guess.

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