Fisheries Management Scotland works with Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to raise important issues relevant to Scotland’s native fish and the aquatic environment. Below you will find a summary of some of our recent work.

Engaging with MSPs is an important means of raising awareness of the issues that salmon and other native fish in Scotland face. ‘Lobbying’ in this way allows us to inform and influence decisions made
by our elected representatives and policy development by the Scottish Government. As a represetative body, face-to-face lobbying, relating to Scottish Government or Parliamentary functions, with MSPs, members of the Scottish Government, Special Advisers or the Permanent Secretary is considered to be ‘Regulated Lobbying’. Since March 2018, the law has required such regulated lobbying to be recorded in a new Lobbying Register.

Some of our recent events and activities in the Scottish Parliament are set out below. In addition, we monitor current Parliamentary business to ensure that we are informed on developments of interest to our members and our wider organisational objectives. More information on Parliamentary business of relevance to Scotland’s native fish and the aquatic environment is set out [here].

2021 Scottish Parliamentary Elections
During the election campaign, Fisheries Management Scotland invited MSPs to make a public commitment to:

  1. Make saving Scotland’s salmon a national conservation priority.
  2. Fund the planting of native trees beside those rivers which Marine Scotland Science has identified as vulnerable to damaging temperature rises.
  3. Implement in full the unanimous recommendations of the Salmon Interactions Working Group, which was established by the Scottish Government, comprising wild salmon conservation bodies and the fish farming industry.

The following MSPs signed the pledge:

Alasdair AllanScottish National PartyNa h-Eileanan an IarHighlands and Islands
Alexander BurnettScottish Conservative & Unionist PartyAberdeenshire WestNorth East Scotland
Ariane BurgessScottish Green PartyInverness and NairnHighlands and Islands
Audrey NicollScottish National PartyAberdeen South and North KincardineNorth East Scotland
Christine GrahameScottish National PartyMidlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale
Donald CameronScottish Conservative and Unionist PartyArgyll and ButeHighlands and Islands
Edward MountainScottish Conservative & Unionist PartyInverness and NairnHighlands and Islands
Evelyn TweedScottish National PartyStirling
Finlay CarsonScottish Conservative & Unionist PartyGalloway and West DumfriesSouth Scotland
Jackie DunbarScottish National PartyAberdeen Donside
Mark RuskellScottish Green PartyMid Scotland and Fife
Miles Briggs MSPScottish Conservative & Unionist PartyEdinburgh SouthernLothian
Monica LennonScottish LabourHamilton, Larkhall and StonehouseCentral Scotland
Oliver MundellScottish Conservative & Unionist PartyDumfriesshireSouth Scotland
Rachael HamiltonScottish Conservative and Unionist PartyEttrick, Roxburgh and BerwickshireSouth Scotland
Sarah BoyackScottish LabourLothian
Siobhian BrownScottish National PartyAyrSouth Scotland

January 2020: Making Salmon Conservation a National Priority

In January 2020 Fisheries Management Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates hosted a multi-stakeholder event, sponsored by Michelle Ballantyne MSP, to discuss efforts to save our salmon, and to explore the collective efforts required to make a meaningful difference.

The event was attended by a broad range of stakeholders, including representatives of the fisheries management sector, angling businesses, fishery owners, Scottish Government and agencies and a range of non-government organisations with an interest in land, water and environmental management. The presentations delivered can be viewed by clicking on the links below, and a summary of the proceedings has now been published.

May 2019: Exhibition in the Scottish Parliament
2019 was the International Year of the Salmon. The aim of this initiative is to protect salmon by bringing people together to share knowledge, raise public awareness and take action. Fisheries Management Scotland managed to secure the exhibition space in the Scottish Parliament, with the support of Oliver Mundell MSP, to engage with MSPs to raise awareness of Atlantic salmon, and the issues faced by this iconic species. This was also an opportunity to promote the extensive array of practical conservation and management work our member district salmon fishery boards and rivers and fishery trusts deliver on a routine basis.

2019: What do wild salmon mean to me?
[What wild salmon mean to me] is a Fisheries Management Scotland led project, working with a range of individuals whose lives are inextricably linked to salmon, to deliver a powerful and passionate message about what salmon mean to people from a broad spectrum of society. This message take the form of succinct and personal stories and are part of our contribution to the International Year of the Salmon. We hope that you find them interesting and thought provoking. Click on the image on the page to read each story.

Read more about International Year of the Salmon