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Fishermen could be banned from killing salmon

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Fishermen could be banned from killing and eating any wild salmon caught in Scotland under radical new conservation plans.

About 20,000 salmon are caught and kept on Scotland’s rivers every year, but with fewer and fewer fish making it back to their home rivers to spawn, a group of ghillies, fishing guides and international experts believe radical action is needed to save both the species and the sport.

http://www.telegraph...ing-salmon.html

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What is needed is a reduction/stoppage of any commercial fisheries on those runs, along with intense habitat improvement programs along with hatchery programs. Those three factors all play key roles with improving certain west coast runs here in Canada. Though luck often plays a factor.

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Well, if the salmon are declining it does make sense not to keep killing them off. Better to catch and release now rather than face no more salmon fishing at all at some point in the future.

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