Investment of £400,000 is being committed to fund the continuation of a project that is helping safeguard Scotland’s Atlantic Salmon.

Juvenile salmon from more than 800 sites across Scotland’s rivers were surveyed as part of the National Electrofishing Programme for Scotland (NEPS) last year, using a method known as electrofishing.

It is the first time Scotland’s young salmon stocks have been assessed at a national level, providing a fuller picture of Scotland’s overall wild salmon population.

Additional funding will secure a second year of the programme, enabling the findings’ evidence base to be significantly strengthened and used to inform Conservation Regulations.