We are deeply concerned about the state of the Atlantic salmon and its potential fate. On its current trajectory there is a real risk it could become extinct in some of our rivers, especially in the south, within 20 years.
In May we published our position statement on the conservation of Atlantic salmon. We also wrote a letter to the fisheries ministers of the governments of each England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
So far we have received replies from the administrations in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales which can be read below
Those replies provide all the assurances that you’d expect governments to say – describing the plans they have in place to reverse the salmon’s decline. However, the decline has been known for decades, and actions plans have been in place for at least 20 years. And the salmon continues to decline. We are considering our response to each, but we will maintain maximum pressure to seek to ensure that each government is doing everything possible, including just enforcing current legislation, to reverse the salmon’s fortunes.
You can see our responses to the respective letters below
We also produced an episode of our podcast Fisheries in Focus looking at the plight of salmon and what the future holds. You can listen to the episode here
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