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    Default Non-native salmon species

    Reports of Pink Salmon being caught off the Ness, Spey, Dee, Helmsdale & Leven in the last week or so. How worried should we be and could these breed in our rivers? I understand that these fish spawn in summer and not as late as our native Atlantic Salmon.

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    Default Re: Non-native salmon species

    Does anyone know if this is new or has there always been a small number of invaders that has now increased?

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    Default Re: Non-native salmon species

    Some info:-

    There's more to life than just fishing....but I ignore them.

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    Default Re: Non-native salmon species

    They are being caught in numerous Irish west coast rivers at the moment too. They seem to be well spread out which is worrying.

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    They should be easy to spot come September when they zombiefy!

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    Default Re: Non-native salmon species

    Do they pose a threat to our native stocks? It looks like with all the catches being recorded they are possibly breeding in our rivers? Not good......

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    Good report there Taffy.

    I suppose Nature, as they say, abhors a vacuum and currently there is a pretty big vacuum to be filled on the salmon front in many rivers. Will they visit Wales, land of the empty Hoover factory one wonders or is it a little too far south for them to travel?
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    Default Re: Non-native salmon species

    It will be interesting to know where they originated from. Natural migration or salmon farm experiment? Or am I just being cynical?

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    Default Re: Non-native salmon species

    I believe that they were released in Northern Russia about 40 years years ago.and are now breeding there.but have been trickling down the coast of norway and getting to the Uk in small numbers for decades. this run now seems to be getting larger.Who know what the result will be.

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    Default Re: Non-native salmon species

    Here is a possible clue.......Russian hatcheries are releasing Pink Salmon in huge numbers as follows in the east:
    573.8 million in 2000
    904.4 million in 2010
    545.6 million in 2015
    Thats a lot of fish!
    Pink salmon are being reported caught in Norwegian rivers so lets assume quite a few of these fish are heading into UK waters looking for new feeding or spawning grounds.
    What a pity we cannot rear the same amount in Atlantic Salmon for release. I'm not a great believer in hatcheries but if it works for Pink salmon why not Atlantic salmon?

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    Default Re: Non-native salmon species

    I'm curious, why did the Russians release Pacific salmon and not Atlantic? What was their thinking for doing so?

    It amazes me when you look at all of the bio security measures different governments undertake to protect their native species and environments why they would do this!

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