The Conservation of Salmon (Scotland) Regulations 2016 outlined for the first time a system under which the killing of Atlantic salmon in inland waters is managed on an annual basis by categorising the conservation status of their stocks.
In general terms the Regulations:
prohibit the retention of salmon caught in coastal waters
permit the killing of salmon within inland waters where stocks are above a defined conservation limit
require mandatory catch and release of salmon in areas which fall below their defined conservation limit following the assessment of salmon stocks
Conservation Status Assessment for the 2019 Season
The Scottish Government has completed the assessment of the conservation status of salmon for the 2019 fishing season and has consulted on proposed gradings for 173 salmon rivers and assessment groups. A total of 39 representations were received. Having considered these, Ministers have finalised the gradings for 2019 and laid the necessary regulations in the Scottish Parliament on 20 February 2019. The new gradings will come into effect from 1 April 2019.
The Conservation of Salmon (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 will be available on the legislation website from 21 February 2019.
You may also check the 2019 grading for individual rivers at the following link: Scotland - River gradings 2019