In January 2014, the First Minister announced that a Wild Fisheries Review would be undertaken during 2014.
The aims of the review were 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
On 8 October 2014, the review submitted its final report and 54 recommendations to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.
Following on from the Review, Marine Scotland has embarked upon a programme of Wild Fisheries Reform, including a package of Conservation Regulations. The Salmon Conservation Measures (formerly known as the Kill Licence) were progressed separately from the wider reform programme.
Wild Fisheries Reform Programme
During 2015, a consultation paper was published which set out the Government’s response to the Wild Fisheries Review. The consultation closed on 7 August 2015. The responses have been considered and the analysis has been published.
Dr Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, launched a consultation paper on Draft provisions for a Wild Fisheries (Scotland) Bill and draft Wild Fisheries Strategy on 8 February 2016. The consultation closed on 2 May 2016. The responses have been considered and the analysis has been published.
District Salmon Fishery Boards (DSFBs) and those interested in establishing new DSFBs can now bid for a share of £200,000 for mergers or to set up new boards which will help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of fisheries management. You can find the Wild Fisheries Governance Fund conditions online.