Looking downstream on the River Cree
Looking upstream on the River Bladnoch
Felling of commercial forestry in Galloway Forest Park
Looking upstream on the River Luce
North American Signal Crayfish
The sandy beach at Loch Grannoch
Belted Galloway Cattle, or 'Belties'
Fly fishing on the River Cree
A small upland burn
The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet
A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn
A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee
The Scottish Government have launched a public consultation on proposed conservation measures to introduce a licensing system for killing wild Salmon in Scotland.
The report of the independent Wild Fisheries Review (WFR), published in October 2014, makes 53 wide-ranging recommendations for change to the management system for wild fisheries in Scotland. The Scottish Government has committed in One Scotland – the Government’s Programme for Scotland 2014-15 to consult in Spring 2015 on broad policy options for a new fisheries management system followed by further consultation on a draft wild fisheries bill before the end of the Parliamentary session.
The WFR report recommended that, in advance of consideration of the broader reform agenda for wild fisheries, Scottish Ministers take immediate action to conserve wild Atlantic Salmon (salmo salar) by introducing as soon as practicable a ban on killing except under licence, accompanying regulations on fishing equipment and the use of carcass tagging as a tool to ensure compliance with the licensing regime.
Atlantic Salmon face a number of pressures during their lifecycle, some of which may be alleviated by management measures. These include but are not limited to predation; poor water quality; disease and parasites; barriers to migration; poor physical habitat quality; food availability; and factors affecting survival issues while at sea (including the challenge of warming seas). The range and complexity of factors which influence the status of stocks therefore means the high level aim of healthy, sustainable Atlantic Salmon stocks cannot be delivered through any one management measure. A variety of actions tackling a range of challenges is therefore required: there is no silver bullet.
The proposals focus on improving the conservation status of salmon by managing the pressure of exploitation through fishing within Scotland’s domestic waters. They are designed to complement, not replace, other management activities being undertaken at local, national and international level in the interests of conservation. The objective of the measures is to ensure harvesting in Scottish domestic waters is sustainable and that fishing does not damage vulnerable stocks or cause damage to the network of Special Areas of Conservation in place across Scotland.
[wording extracted from consultation paper]
Details of the consultation can be found CLICKING HERE
DEADLINE FOR RESPONSES 30th APRIL 2015