Salmon

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 23rd June 2015.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of salmon caught in UK rivers in each of the last five years.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The numbers of salmon reported to have been caught by anglers in UK rivers in each of the last five years is shown in the table below. These figures do not include salmon caught by nets and traps which are situated in estuaries or coastal areas of the UK. The majority of the fish caught (67 to 80%) were released. The data for 2014 is provisional.

Year

No. caught

No. released

No. retained

% released

2010

140,498

94,162

46,336

67

2011

116,714

80,556

36,158

69

2012

110,876

78,157

32,719

70

2013

86,808

67,179

19,629

77

2014

61,489

49,140

12,349

80

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