We are seeking views on the proposed river gradings for the 2023 fishing season, which have been calculated from the annual assessment of the conservation status of wild Atlantic salmon populations in rivers across Scotland.
Additionally, we are seeking views on proposals for achieving higher rates of catch and release and post-catch survivability. These include encouraging voluntary measures and the potential of mandatory measures through legislation change in future which would apply across the whole of Scotland.
Your views inform the process of finalising the river gradings for the 2023 fishing season, which are used in the annual amendment to The Conservation of Salmon (Scotland) Regulations 2016.
Additionally, your views on proposals to enhance catch and release and post-catch survivability rates across the whole of Scotland will contribute to future policymaking with a view to further protect and restore wild Atlantic salmon populations
The Regional Inshore Fisheries Groups (RIFGs) aim to improve the management of inshore fisheries in the 0-6 nautical mile zone of Scottish waters, and to give commercial inshore fishermen a strong voice in wider marine management developments.