Anglers will be able to keep the salmon they catch on more rivers next year than 2018 following improvements in the way stocks are assessed.
The annual assessment for the 2019 fishing season has been completed and Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has launched the yearly consultation on the conservation of salmon.
It invites representations or objections to proposed gradings for the 2019 angling season, affecting 173 salmon rivers across Scotland. New regulations will be laid out thereafter.
Cunningham also launched the International Year of the Salmon 2019 campaign, aimed at conserving and managing stocks around the world, on the River Earn at Forteviot, Perthshire.
She said: “I know that today’s news will be warmly welcomed by anglers.
“It’s only possible thanks to close working between the Scottish Government and partners like Fisheries Management Scotland, local fisheries trusts and other partners, which has allowed us to improve how we assess salmon stocks.
“Salmon numbers returning to Scottish rivers are still on a downward trend so there’s no room for complacency.
“Careful management, including voluntary catch and release, and close co-operation is needed to ensure we protect this iconic species for future generations.”