A “ground-breaking” project that aims to reverse the decline of wild Atlantic salmon is getting under way in the Highlands.
Sir, – If Jenny Hjul (“Progress is in our hands”, The Courier, March 28) wants to see the salmon farming industry make economic progress, then she should embrace the debate over its failings rather than attempting to shame its critics.
The Scottish Government has announced funding of about £700,000 to tackle the slump in Scottish wild salmon stocks.
As befitting its status as the Queen of the UK’s rivers, the annual ceremony heralding the beginning of a new season in pursuit of the King of Fish is a grand spectacle on the banks of the Tay.
Winter sunshine gave rise to hopes of a fine year on the River South Esk as the first cast of a new season was made on the Angus water.
Protection of native species such as the rare freshwater pearl mussel and curbs on invaders including dangerous giant hogweed will be key targets for teams working to safeguard the vitality of the River South Esk catchment.
A senior whisky industry lobbyist is set to head up a major body representing Scotland’s salmon sector.
The salmon fishing community has rallied round a Tay ghillie after he had thousands of pounds worth of gear stolen just hours before the start of the new season.
An invasive salmon species which poses a threat to native fish is feared to have spawned in the Tay.
The river Tay suffered its worst salmon fishing season since records began.