Conservation Limits: SFB Response to Scottish Government Consultation

Many  people will be aware that for the last two years, Scottish rivers have been categorised according to their Conservation Status and the likelihood of them achieving their conservation limits. In September 2017, the Scottish Government went out to consultation on their proposed river categorisations for 2018 and the Spey, once again, is proposed to be a Category 1 river.

The Spey Fishery Board still has significant concerns, though, about deficiencies with the model that is being used to determine these categorisations and the impacts it is having on Scottish rivers. You can read more about this here in our response to the consultation.

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  1. Jon Gibb at 9:40 am

    Well said! But the day scot gov include fish farming in any impact assessment is a long long way off sadly. I could not agree more though that modellers in marine scotland appear clueless of the impact of their erroneous creations on the ground. The same is happening in Norway with pelagic fish quotas… IMR researchers have used a highly faulty model to drastically reduce mackerel quotas this year while the stock has exploded in NE Atlantic and is wiping out salmon and seabirds…but for some crazy reason models win out over ground truth

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