PE01782: Full consultation on stocking of salmon rivers

Environment Energy

Petitioner: Robert White on behalf of The Scottish Gamekeepers Fishing Group


Date Lodged: 28 January 2020

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ensure that a full stakeholder consultation is carried out before Marine Scotland formalises policy on the stocking of Scotland’s salmon rivers.

Petition History:

The petitioner has collected 518 offline signatures.


5 March 2020: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report of Meeting 5 March 2020

29 October 2020: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to the Official Report of Meeting 29 October 2020

13 January 2021: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the Scottish Government is carrying out a full stakeholder consultation as proposed. Link to Official Report of Meeting 13 January 2021

Written submissions

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Needs to be done and Now !

James Thomson

14:14 on 28 Jan 2020

Leave the hatcheries to the people who know how to run them and how to get the best results from restocking.

Stephen Kilpatrick

13:20 on 28 Jan 2020

I've have been employed as a riverkeeper for 30 years and during that time this countries policies on Salmonid conservation has been a collection of failures. It is time we started taking action by boosting Salmonid numbers by stocking, controlling predators and habitat management. It's not rocket science. If nothing is done in the near future, I fear that I will see the end of the king of fish in my life.

David John Griffiths

7:35 on 28 Jan 2020

It's time for real change

Nigel Mckay

2:07 on 28 Jan 2020

The people promoting the petition understand the system and have, over many years, pulled together and invested a great deal of time and resources in understanding and trying to address the continued and rapid decline in the numbers of Salmon in our rivers. As part of this process they firmly believe hatcheries are helping to stem the declines. Given their knowledge and selfless conviction, the Govt should take proper, considered account of what they have to say and enable the work of the hatcheries to continue.

Alex MacPhee

1:01 on 28 Jan 2020

Policy decisions work best when you carry public support and have open discussions

George Bessant

19:56 on 27 Jan 2020

The policy being adopted by Marine Scotland is based on old and selectively interpreted research. There has to be full dialogue and involvement and it is disgraceful the way this is being railroaded through.

Andrew Smith

18:41 on 27 Jan 2020

Marine Scotland have come to a debatable policy based on a selective take on old research and the absence of full and vigorous consultation is not acceptable in any way.

Andrew Smith

18:29 on 27 Jan 2020

Used to maintain the cctv cameras at tay hatcheries and they do an incredible job.

Jim Johnstone

18:28 on 27 Jan 2020

Interesting how a hatcheries policy can been blundered in virtually immediately yet the Scottish Parliament can ignore rafts of information about the damage to the environment caused by the salmon farming industry. Double standards rule or is it more a case of palms being crossed with more silver by some than others?

Kevan Judge

17:52 on 27 Jan 2020

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