Calls for no salmon to be killed before May described as 'perverse'

A dispute has broken out over the catching of wild salmon off the coast of Scotland.

A call by the body representing Scotland's angling interests for fish not to be killed before mid May has been met with dismay by a leading commercial netsman.

The Association of Salmon Fishery Boards (ASFB), which represents anglers, say that the number of returning adults are so low that some stocks of spring salmon are close to, or below, being self-sustaining.

The organisation called for zero exploitation and recommended that no fish should be killed before May 15.

However, George Pullar, director of the Angus-based Scottish Wild Salmon Company, called the proposals "perverse".

Mr Pullar said he believes the call has been prompted by a decision to reverse a voluntary policy not to start netting for the first six weeks of the season, but the ASFB say they have made the move because stocks are so low.

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