Look out for the return of the Pacific pink salmon in 2019

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Fisheries Management Scotland have produced an advisory note regarding Pacific pink salmon which may make a return to Scottish waters this year.

Spawning pink salmon in the River Ness (Chris Conroy, Ness DSFB)

Please be aware that in Scotland under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Pink salmon of the species Oncorhynchus gorbuscha are an invasive non-native species. The 1981 Act makes it an offence to fish for and retain Pink salmon (i.e. have one in your possession or under your control).

However, if a pink salmon is caught accidentally whilst fishing legally for other species, although it is technically an offence, a defence of due diligence may be established if it can be shown that best practice was followed.

Please see the advisory note to learn what should be done if you capture a pink salmon. Further information regarding the appearance of pink salmon in 2017 can be found here.

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