First pink salmon caught in Welsh waters for decades

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is urging netsmen and anglers to report any unusual catches after the first pink salmon was caught in Welsh waters for decades.

The fish was caught on the River Dee at the Chester fish trap monitoring station.

Despite this being a Welsh first, numerous reports of captured pink salmon were made around the UK in 2017.

The majority were caught in Scotland and off the north east coast of England with a few isolated reports on the UK’s west coast.

Pink Salmon

It is quite unusual to find pink salmon in our waters, this may be the first in some 30 years, though there were numerous reports around the UK and Ireland in 2017

I’d urge netsmen and anglers to contact us if they see any non-native salmon in the waters, with a date, location and, if possible a photograph, which would really help us identify them and build up a picture of where they may be.

– DAVID MEE, SPECIALIST FISHERIES ADVISOR FOR NRW

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