Scotland is set to lose 8 of its Category 1 rivers in the 2023 season, as the challenges facing Atlantic Salmon are laid bare.
The latest Marine Scotland assessment of salmon conservation river gradings have been published on the Scottish Government website and can be found, here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/salmon-fishing-proposed-river-gradings/pages/changes-from-last-year/
Eight Category One rivers will fall one grade to Category 2, with 12 more Category 3 rivers compared to the 2022 season.
In total, Scotland will have 113 rivers where no fish can be taken as part of mandatory catch and release measures intended to conserve stocks.
Evidence can be presented to challenge the new river gradings but must be received by 9th September.