The Salmon Scotland Wild Fisheries Fund has been established to prioritise investment from the salmon farming sector towards effective and practical wild fisheries management.

Applications are invited in 2024 from relevant and constituted fisheries organisations throughout the whole of Scotland – for example Fishery Boards and Trusts, other constituted management bodies or other community associations.

2024 Applications

The fund will open for applications from 1st February 2024 and will close on 31st March 2024.

Funding decisions will be made by 15th April 2024.

Salmon Scotland will grant £140,000 of funding to local projects in 2024.

The fund is open to all river catchment organisations throughout Scotland in 2024 but particular emphasis may be given to projects in the shared zone of aquaculture and wild salmon fisheries.

There is no limit to the size of grant that can be applied for, but Salmon Scotland encouraged both ambitious and small-scale applications, particularly by those organisations that historically have had limited funding opportunities available to them.

The rationale behind all applications should to address one or more of the identified key pressures in the Wild Salmon Strategy.

The fund puts a high priority on practical projects in the field – it is unlikely that projects of a purely academic or research nature will be funded.

The fund also recognises the potential in the use of contemporary salmon repopulation techniques using hatcheries, especially on highly vulnerable rivers, and such applications will be looked upon with particular interest. Please note that all such proposals should be in line with the current Marine Scotland stocking advice and early discussion with the appropriate licensing department is encouraged.

All successful applicants will agree to Salmon Scotland referencing their project in any of their communication material, particularly to showcase the activities of the fund. Regular updates and photos/videos may be requested by Salmon Scotland through the duration of the project.

All successful projects will report back to Salmon Scotland after one year and will present a final report at the completion of the project.

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