Thriving salmon stocks are not only better for the environment, but also for our economy. Salmon are worth an estimated £22 million in household income and are valued as part of England’s ‘natural capital’ (Environment Agency, 2016).
The Environment Agency and partner organisations have committed to a 5-point approach to restore the abundance, diversity and resilience of salmon stocks.
The 18-month programme aims to achieve the following five key impacts on salmon.
- Improve marine survival
- Further reduce exploitation by nets and rods
- Remove barriers to migration (up and down stream) and enhance habitat
- Safeguard sufficient flows
- Maximise spawning success and juvenile survival by improving water quality
With a 2014 stock assessment indicating that salmon populations were at a record low, the new 5-point approach will see partnerships working to achieve protection and longevity of salmon stocks. With the 18-month programme now in place, timetables have been agreed by a range of organisations to start on actions needed for the 2016 – 2021 period. The initiative involves Defra and partners include the Angling Trust, Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM), The Rivers Trusts, Atlantic Salmon Trust, Salmon and Trout Conservation UK and the Wild Trout Trust.