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S5W-13993: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to engage with The Environment Agency regarding the consultation on the regulation of the Solway, Eden and Esk Fisheries.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 30 January 2018

Scottish Government officials held discussions with colleagues in the Environment Agency and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) prior to Christmas regarding the Agency’s assessment of salmon and sea trout stocks in the Solway, Eden and Border Esk rivers and their plans to consult on new byelaws to manage the fisheries on those rivers.

The Agency’s consultation launched on 25 January and will close on 16 February 2018. Officials are examining the proposals in detail and will continue to engage with the Agency as they consider the way forward.