Fresh hopes for wild salmon
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