2013 Scottish Salmon and Sea Trout catch returns (provisional)

Marine Scotland Science published the draft catch returns for 2013 today. Full details can be found here .

I don’t find the published format particularly user friendly; no annual totals for each river, two different spreadsheets for fish retained and released etc. There is a bit of work to do to compile the totals for each river but I suppose it keeps biologists out of mischief for a wee while. Hopefully you will be able to figure out the relative catches for each river.

Is it worth noting that the proportion of the total taken by nets increased from 16% in 2012 to 34% in 2013? No surprise I suppose, drought conditions always suit the netsmen.

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. Henry Taylor at 5:26 pm

    Hi Brian,
    Some interesting data. If I am interpreting right a few points:
    – 37,580 salmon (incl. grilse) killed in Scotalnd last year
    – 65% of killed salmon in Scotland last year were by the netsman
    – 13,269 rod caught salmon were killed
    – 633 salmon killed by rods on the Spey or 12% of the total catch
    – Total catch for the Spey 5,465 salmon
    It’s not great reading!!
    My maths may be a bit rusty but assuming a 10% catch rate and recatch rate I am coming out with only 4,854 individual salmon caught on the Spey (admitedly I havent gone as far as to include any adjustment for those fish not returned….)

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