29 October 2018
The Scottish Government have published the proposed categorisation for Scottish Salmon rivers for 2019 and the excellent news is that the River Alness has been moved from category 3 (compulsory catch and release) applied this year to back to our previous category 1 for the 2019 season. The primary reason for the grade 1 category is the recognition of the effectiveness of the existing voluntary local management conservation interventions which mean that the salmon stocks are deemed to be sustainable. This is thanks to the membership acting responsibly and returning a high proportion of fish over several years. We will have to continue a strong conservation policy to retain the category 1 grading into the future and it is good to see that its value has been recognised.
If you want to read the Government statement on salmon conservation it can be found at
If you prefer to go to the list of categories for Scottish Rivers the document can be found online
If you cannot download the gradings document please reply to this message and I will send you it separately.