There could be an additional 1000 salmon in two Highland river systems in the years to come, because of an agreement with local salmon netters to curtail their activities.
It is the first step in a major strategy to reverse the decline of the local salmon population in the Ness and Beauly river systems.
Last year the Salmon Net Fishing Association of Scotland, said its membership would operate a voluntary delay until April 1, for the 12th year running, in response to conservation concerns. The traditional start to the netting season is February 16 .
The Ness District Salmon Fishery Board, in partnership with the Beauly District Salon Fishery Board, has agreed a longer delay with the operators of two netting stations in the Moray Firth. The fishery closed on Saturday and will not resume until at least May next year.