The Spey Fishery Board’s Salmon Conservation Policy will henceforth be prefaced by the following amendment:
“The Board considers the Conservation of Fish entering the river before the end of May to be of the utmost importance. The Board urges all anglers to release these fish if at all possible. Most of the larger fish arrive in the river in the early months and these are the fish which have the potential to make the most significant contribution to successful spawning and are likely to be the fish which spawn in the upper reaches of the catchment. The Board will continue to monitor the success of the Conservation Policy and further consideration may be given to a recommendation for total Catch & Release in these months in the absence of signs of further restraint.”
Printed copies of the revised Conservation Policy will be produced and distributed in due course but the policy can be viewed here.