Similar trend for wild salmon on east and west coasts of Scotland

Since 1970, wild salmon catch data demonstratethat adeclining trend on the west coast of Scotland is mirrored on the east coast.

International findings showa similar trend in other North Atlantic regions. The causes are complexand include changing conditions at sea, which adversely affect the feeding grounds and have a consequential impact on the number of fishwhich make it back to the rivers.

Suggestionsthat salmon farming is to blame for the decline make little sense when data analysis shows a similardecline on coasts and in countries where salmon farming does not happen.

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