Conservation Regulations

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Marine Scotland has undertaken an assessment of the conservation status of salmon in inland waters in Scotland for the 2021 fishing season. Both the Ness and the Moriston SAC have been upgraded to the highest ‘Grade 1’, i.e. exploitation is sustainable, therefore no additional management action is currently required.

This recognises the effectiveness of existing ‘non-statutory’ local management interventions, e.g. local ‘Salmon Conservation Policies’. Given an overall trend for decreasing catches in the Ness district, the Ness DSFB has agreed that to protect the long-term future of the fishery, it will roll the existing 2020 Salmon Conservation Policy into the 2021 season.

It is hoped that with the full support of all fisheries and anglers this will further strengthen our ability to protect our salmon populations, without putting any additional pressure on the socio-economics of the fishery.




Sea Trout GuidelinesFurther to the above, it is clear that our sea trout catches are in continued decline and at extremely low levels. As such, we have produced new ‘Sea Trout Conservation Guidelines’. This aims to raise awareness of key sea trout facts, their legal protection, current status and what anglers can do to help (click on picture to view or download).


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