Conservation of Salmon – Assessment for 2024 season.

Conservation of salmon – Assessment for the 2024 fishing season

I am writing to let you know that Scottish Ministers propose to continue to regulate the killing of salmon in Scotland, including the prohibition on retaining any salmon caught in coastal waters, by means of conservation regulations made under section 38 of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003.

Please note that we are now referring to ourselves as the ‘Marine Directorate of the Scottish Government’ which is the naming convention used by other Directorates across the Scottish Government, such as Agriculture and Rural Economy Directorate and Environment and Forestry Directorate. This better reflects our position as a core part of Scottish Government and helps avoid confusion that we are a separate agency.

Marine Directorate (previously Marine Scotland) has undertaken an assessment of the conservation status of salmon in inland waters in Scotland for the 2024 fishing season. The outcome of that assessment, including proposed gradings for rivers and assessment groups in 2024, is available on the Scottish Government website.

Please note that the presentation of the information relating to the consultation on our website may look different to previous years. This is due to our changed approach to ensure the information is as accessible as possible to all.

Ministers are required, under the terms of section 38 and schedule 1 of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003, to publish notice of the proposals allowing a minimum 28 day period for representations or objections to be made. Notice is hereby given that the consultation will be advertised and commence on Wednesday 9th August 2023.

If you wish to submit a view on the proposed river gradings, you can do so online through our consultation hub.

You can save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open. Please ensure that consultation responses are submitted before the closing date of Friday 8th September 2023.

If you are unable to respond using our consultation hub, please contact us for an alternative way to submit your response.

Email to:

Post to:  Wild Salmon and Recreational Fisheries

              Marine Directorate of Scottish Government

              Victoria Quay


              EH6 6QQ

Data Protection

In accordance with the requirements of section 38 and schedule 1 of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003 Scottish Ministers are required to seek representations on the general effect of proposed salmon conservation regulations. You have been contacted because you have previously expressed an interest in contributing to the process. We currently hold a list of e-mail addresses for this purpose and are contacting you again to give you the opportunity to contribute to this year’s consultation. Your details will be stored and used solely for the purposes of this annual consultation or of related matters concerning salmon and recreational fisheries. If you no longer wish to be included in such consultations, please let us know and we will remove you from our contact list. Further details about the Scottish Government’s privacy policy can be found at: –

Kind regards,


Vanessa Brown (pronouns she/her)

Policy Officer, Wild Salmon and Recreational Fisheries team, Marine Directorate

Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ
T: 0300 244 0017


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