The Fisheries Management Scotland Annual Conference, took place at Battleby on March 29. The Conference, attended by around 100 delegates, focussed on the issues and challenges of fisheries management across Scotland.

Dr Alan Wells, Chief Executive of Fisheries Management Scotland said: “Our conference provides a unique opportunity to present the breadth and depth of work that Fishery Trusts and District Salmon Fishery Boards make across Scotland to fisheries and environmental management and protection. Fisheries Management Scotland, and our members, are recognised as the expert, valued and positive influence on all matters related to the evidence-based management of fish and fisheries.”

The Conference showcased the RiverLife project, a four-year £6.7m project aimed at improving fish migration within rivers and restoring urban watercourses in the Forth District. This will educate and empower communities to engage with the freshwater environment.

The future of wild fisheries reform and salmon conservation limits were also discussed in detail and a session was set aside to discuss some pressures – hydro-electricity, salmon farming and forestry – which have the potential to impact our iconic freshwater fish.”

The Conference will also mark the launch of the 2017 Fisheries Management Scotland Annual Review. The review features articles on, changes in salmon run timing, fish tracking, education projects, poaching and engaging young anglers. Catch statistics for the 2016 season, as well as river reports from across Scotland form a substantive element. The Review, sponsored by Strutt & Parker, is now available online and in hard copy.