In 2009 the number of salmon reached an all time ‘since records began’ low in England and Wales.
So it’s good to report that the latest 2010 statistics compiled jointly by CEFAS and the Environment Agency show a pleasing up-tic in Salmon numbers. You can see the (very technical) report here.
Of course, one good salmon year doesn’t make a….well, you know what I mean…..but after the 2009 all time low it’s a bit of encouraging news for everyone working to save the King of Fish.
(A techy note: the headline of this report is about a doubling of fish caught. But it’s the estimate of the total number in the rivers that’s the crucial figure because catch is affected by all sorts of things that don’t have much to do with the underlying status of the species: the weather that year, the number of anglers out catching fish and even how good those anglers are at catching salmon).