• Wild Scottish salmon get protected status

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    The term “wild Scottish salmon” is to get European protection. Doesn’t do a great deal for the fish itself, but it means that salmon caught in other countries cannot now be sold, packaged or advertised as Scottish wild salmon. It now carries a protected geographical indication (PGI) , meaning that it has a particular quality attributable to its region of origin. The irony is that Scottish farmed salmon has had PGI status since 2004. The chief executive of the  Scottish Salmon Producers Association, Scott Landsburgh, said: “This has helped to enhance the reputation of farmed salmon in major expert markets. We hope the new award for wild salmon brings commerical success too.” Might be better if they left them alone, considering the value of angling for salmon compared to netting them, methinks.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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