Action call on River Tay salmon decline

A Perth fishing association has spoke of its alarm at the dropping number of salmon in the River Tay and has raised its concerns to the environment secretary.

The Perth and District Angling Association (PDAA) has called for action after damning government figures revealed that 2018 was the worst year for wild salmon catches in Scotland since records began in 1952.

Hundreds of fisherman and anglers take to the waters of the River Tay from January 15 until October 15 every year for the salmon fishing season.

And according to Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board (TDSFB) statistics, the total reported catch through rod fishing in the River Tay was 4483 for 2018 – a 43.5 per cent drop from the previous ten-year average.

Dr David Summers, director of the TDSFB and Tay Foundation, said a warmer spring was attributed to a drop in numbers for 2018 and revealed that “fresh fish of any age were scarce after July”.

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