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Proposed Salmon river grading for the 2022 season

Views are being sought on proposed Salmon river gradings for the 2022 season.

An assessment of the conservation status of salmon in inland waters in Scotland is carried out each year and each river or assessment group is assigned a grading depending on the outcome of that assessment.

Here is a video explaining the annual assessment process:

As a result of the latest assessment, it is proposed that five systems within the Outer Hebrides are to be downgraded to category three. Two systems in Harris at Loch Roag(Abhainn Caslabhat and Abhainn Tamanabhaigh) and three systems in North Uist at Loch Grogary, Loch nan Geireann and Loch Sgealtair, the downgrading means extra actions including mandatory catch and release is required to reduce exploitation. The Horisay River in North Uist is set to be upgraded to category one.

A breakdown of the recommended management actions for each category:

By law, the Scottish Government is required to publish notice of the proposals and invite representations or objections to them.

If you wish to submit a view on the above-proposed gradings you should:


Or write to:

Salmon and Recreational Fisheries

PO Box 24196



Before the 10th of September 2021.

More detailed information:

Documents relating to our region will also be available on our publications page.



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