Fresh hopes for wild salmon

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Num­bers of wild At­lantic salmon re­turn­ing to UK rivers could soon in­crease, thanks to a new agree­ment be­tween com­mer­cial fish­er­men and con­ser­va­tion groups.

The Green­land Salmon Con­ser­va­tion Agree­ment, which pro­tects the fish from com­mer­cial nets and long­lines, has been signed be­tween fish­er­men in Green­land and the Faroe Is­lands, the At­lantic Salmon Fed­er­a­tion (ASF) and the North At­lantic Salmon Fund (NASF). It will run for 12 years, from 2018 to 2029.

In re­turn for no com­mer­cial salmon fish­ing, ASF and NASF have pledged to sup­port al­ter­na­tive economic devel­op­ment.

The agree­ment is cru­cial to con­serve salmon stocks as the wa­ters around Green­land are crit­i­cal ocean feed­ing grounds for wild At­lantic salmon from rivers in Europe and North Amer­ica. Salmon com­mer­cially caught in th­ese ar­eas are taken from both healthy and en­dan­gered pop­u­la­tions, which im­pacts on rivers with re­duced counts, such as the Tweed in Scot­land.

The 12-year in­ter­val will pro­tect two gen­er­a­tions of wild salmon and sub­se­quent growth in num­bers re­turn­ing to the rivers is ex­pected to be sig­nif­i­cant.

UK rivers may ben­e­fit from a new 12-year con­ser­va­tion agree­ment

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