7 reasons why STCS claims about salmon farming and the decline in wild salmon in the River Awe should be treated with caution.
• The quoted figures relate to first half of 2017 year only.
• The majority of grilse don’t return to the Awe until the autumn.
• Fish counter values show a drop in annual returns since 1964.
• Population decline of Atlantic salmon is happening across whole of Scotland, in other countries like Canada and in places where there is no salmon farming.
• Significant increase in hydro projects in the Awe catchment could have an impact on salmon numbers.
• Environmental changes including water temperature, water levels and CO2 levels are affecting the wild salmon in rivers and in the oceans.
• Weather changes have resulted in more drought conditions and flash floods which damage the habitat and affect wild salmon survival.
The salmon farming industry has highly sophisticated knowledge and experience to share with the wild salmon interests to help with re-stocking programmes and the sharing of information. The door is always open…