EU Fish News, 26 Sept 2014: SCOTLAND’s salmon and sea trout fishery statistics for the 2013 season reveal the worst season since 2003.

SCOTLAND’s salmon and sea trout fishery statistics for the 2013 season reveal the worst season since 2003.

EU Fish News, Friday 26 Sept 2014

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Total reported salmon rod catch (retained and released) for 2013 was 67,468, the lowest reported catch since 2003 and is 76% of the previous 5-year average.

The proportion of the rod catch accounted for by catch and release is the highest reported since these figures were first recorded in 1994. In 2013, 92% of rod caught spring salmon was released, as was 80% of the annual rod catch.

Trends in rod catch vary among individual stock components. Reported catch of spring salmon shows a general decline since records began and, although there is some indication that catch has stabilised in recent years, it remains at a historically low level. Overall catch of salmon and grilse in later months, on the other hand, has generally increased over the same period.

Catch and effort for both fixed engine and net & coble fisheries remain at historically low levels. Reported catch in each fishery was 16,734 and 7,636; 7% and 3% of the maximum reported in the respective time series. Fishing effort in these fisheries was 238 trap months and 59 crew months; the sixth lowest and lowest, respectively, since records began in 1952.

The total reported rod catch of sea trout (retained and released) for 2013 is 16,078. Catches have declined over much of the period since 1952, when our records began and the 2013 catch is the lowest in the time series.

The proportion of the rod catch accounted for by catch and release in 2013 is 77%, the highest reported since these figures were first recorded in 1994.

Catch and effort for both fixed engine and net & coble fisheries remain at historically low levels. Reported catch in each fishery was 2,681 and 3,435; 4% and 2% of the maximum reported in the respective time series. Fishing effort in these fisheries was 238 trap months and 59 crew months; the sixth lowest and lowest, respectively, since records began in 1952.

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