Concerns over a long-term decrease in salmon bonds on Scotland’s vital rivers have been taken to Holyrood.
Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP Rachael Hamilton highlighted a conditions on a likes of a River Tweed, Spey, Dee and Tay.
She flagged adult a series of jobs – about 2,800 – upheld by angling and a £100m grant to a economy.
However, she pronounced that over many years a success of Scottish fishing had “taken a knock”.
Ms Hamilton told a Scottish Parliament there was “no singular cause” for a decrease in salmon bonds though a impact was being felt “right opposite farming Scotland”.
“It is time for us to take movement and tackle a issues conduct on,” she said, before job for a assembly of all a stakeholders to “forge a approach forward”.
Ian Farr, a ghillie on a Bemersyde Estate in a Borders, pronounced in a created acquiescence to MSPs that he had witnessed a “serious decline” on a River Tweed over some-more than 3 decades operative in a area.
He pronounced predators – quite goosanders and cormorants – had “increased considerably” and indispensable to be “reduced and controlled” along with sign numbers.
Mr Farr also pronounced synthetic impediments – weirs or dams compared with former mills – should be private to assistance fish pierce some-more easily.
“People come from all over a world, generally Belgium, Germany, Norway and Sweden, as good as a rest of a UK to fish on a Tweed,” he said.
“They come for a competition and a ambience of Scotland, that they see as a hearth of salmon fishing.
“The Tay, Spey, Dee and Tweed are believed to be a best salmon rivers and are a many famous in a world. We are starting to remove that prowess.”
He pronounced a decrease was inspiring internal economies with people “holding off” engagement fishing trips to see how numbers were holding up.
“On Monday this week, there were around 500-600 people on Scotland’s 4 vital rivers, though they usually held 20 fish between them,” he said.
Mr Farr pronounced that lifted concerns about a viability of a industry.
“I severely fear that this could be a final era of salmon fishing in Scotland and a final era of full-time ghillies,” he said.
“The whole attention could only swab away,” he added.