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Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Mark Tami Mark Tami Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of salmon stocks in rivers in each of the last five years.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Environment Agency carries out a wide range of assessment and monitoring activities on salmon rivers in England and Wales; this includes annual assessments of both juvenile fish and returning adults. Catch data, and information from adult counters and traps where these are available, are used to make an annual compliance assessment of the salmon spawning success on each river, measured against river-specific 'targets'.

These and other measures of stock status are published annually in a report compiled jointly by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and the Environment Agency. The most recent report, a copy of which will be placed in the Library, provides data for 2009, but includes information on salmon stock status over a longer time period, including the last five years. Data for 2010 have not yet been collated.

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