First Minister announces review at opening of 2014 Tay salmon fishing season.

Scotland’s management of salmon and freshwater fisheries must be ‘robust, sustainable and fit for purpose in the 21st century’, First Minister Alex Salmond has said. The First Minister made the announcement at the official opening of the 2014 salmon fishing season on the River Tay.

While attending the official opening of the 2014 salmon season in Dunkeld, Mr Salmond said: “Scottish rivers such as the Tweed, Tay, Dee and Spey are synonymous with salmon fishing, attracting many anglers from across the country and around the globe.”

The Scottish Government has now asked outgoing Scottish Natural Heritage Chairman Andrew Thin to chair an independent review of wild fisheries management in Scotland.

Mr Thin will start his work in March when his appointment at SNH has come to an end. It is anticipated that the Review will take around six months and report to Ministers thereafter.

The aims of the review are to:

  • Develop and promote a modern, evidence-based management system for wild fisheries fit for purpose in the 21st century and capable of responding to the changing environment.
  • To manage, conserve and develop our wild fisheries to maximise the sustainable benefit of Scotland’s wild fish resources to the country as a whole and particularly to rural areas.
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