Scottish salmon and sea trout statistics for 2011 published Published: 21 September, 2012
Scotlands Chief Statistician has today, September 21, published the final salmon and sea trout fishery statistics for the 2011 season. These figures update the provisional statistics published in April 2012.
Total reported rod catch (retained and released) of salmon for 2011 is 87,915. It is the sixth highest rod catch on record, and is 98 per cent of the previous five-year average.
The proportion of the rod catch accounted for by catch and release continues to increase. In 2011, 91 per cent of rod caught spring salmon was released, as was 73 per cent of the annual rod catch.
Catch and effort for salmon net fisheries remain at historically low levels. Fishing effort in the fixed engine and net & coble fisheries was the fourth and fifth lowest, respectively, since records began in 1952. Reported catch was 5 per cent and 2 per cent of the maximum reported over this time period.
For Scotland as a whole, total reported rod catch of sea trout (retained and released) for 2011 is 23,324. Despite declining for much of the period since 1952, the catch in 2011 was 4 per cent higher than the previous five-year average.
The proportion of the total rod catch accounted for by catch and release has shown a general increase since records began in 1994 and accounted for 70 per cent of the catch in 2011.
Catch and effort for sea trout net fisheries remain at historically low levels. Fishing effort in the fixed engine and net & coble fisheries was the fourth and fifth lowest, respectively, since records began in 1952. Reported catch was 3 per cent and 2 per cent of the maximum reported over this time period.
Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: Salmon and sea trout fishing is a key part of Scotlands rural heritage and modern economy and the Scottish Government is fully committed to ensuring that it remains so.
In addition to delivering valuable local employment the sector provides a recreational activity enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Indeed, salmon fishing attracts substantial numbers of visitors to Scotland, benefiting local hotels and businesses.
The practice of catch and release plays an important role in the continuing conservation of our freshwater fisheries. The upward trend in catch and release is therefore welcome and demonstrates that anglers are very aware of the need to sustainably fish salmon and sea trout.
The final Salmon and Sea Trout Fishery Statistics, 2011, can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/marine/science/Publications/stats/SalmonSeaTroutCatches