MS Salmon Assessment Group
Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory Field Station
Inchbraoch House, South Quay
Phone: 0131 244 4500
Scottish Salmon and Sea Trout Fishery Statistics
- Official Statistics
The salmon and sea trout fishery statistics are published by Scottish Government in accordance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. Fishery statistics for a given season are published in the following April.
- Salmon Conservation Regulations
The Scottish Government has introduced a range of measures designed to improve the conservation status of wild salmon by managing their exploitation through fishing within Scotland’s domestic waters. These regulations will have an effect on the catch and effort data reported by Scottish salmon fisheries.
More information on Spring Conservation measures and the Conservation Regulations are available on the Scottish Government web pages.
- Collecting Salmon and Sea Trout Fishery Data
The fishery data held by Marine Scotland (MS) are obtained from returns made annually by the proprietors, occupiers or agents of salmon and sea trout fisheries throughout Scotland. As these forms and associated correspondence may contain personal data, we have produced a Privacy Notice describing what we do with the data and how you can contact us if you have any concerns.
Under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003, wilful refusal to return a completed catch form constitutes an offence under the Act.
- Publication Scheme
Topic sheets provide summaries of the fishery statistics for both salmon and sea trout for a given fishing season, together with a commentary which places the reports in the context of a time series of information which has been collected since 1952.
In addition, reported fishery statistics from 1952 to the most recently published fishing season may be downloaded for all 109 Scottish fishery districts.
If you would like to receive information on Scottish salmon and sea trout fisheries in the future, please get in touch using the contact details on the left hand side.
Page updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2020