Scottish government funding to support protection and restoration of wild salmon
The Scottish government will make over £500,000 (US$623,720) in funding available to support the protection and recovery of wild salmon populations.
The funding will be used by District Salmon Fishery Boards and Fisheries and Rivers Trusts across Scotland to carry out monitoring of adult salmon populations and the sampling of juveniles through the National Electrofishing Programme for Scotland (NEPS). Additionally, it will allow an assessment of interbreeding of wild and escaped farmed salmon through the National Introgression Programme for Scotland (NIPS).
Paul Hopper, Senior Biologist at the Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust, said the design of NEPS means that the trust can also visit often overlooked and remote river locations.