U-turn over Ythan salmon netting rights

River Ythan estuary
River Ythan estuary

The biggest salmon netting company in Scotland have confirmed that they plan to not use their recently acquired rights to net in the Ythan Estuary and adjacent coastline.

The announcement comes less than one week after USAN Salmon Fishers Ltd, based in Montrose, withdrew an application for a seal-shooting application with Marine Scotland.

USAN Salmon Fisheries director, George Pullar said “After extensive deliberation, we have decided not to exercise our Ythan netting rights.

“We will, however, continue with our plans to exercise our angling rights, thereby retaining the associated local employment. We intend to fully consider the future options for our Ythan fishings in due course.

“For the avoidance of doubt contrary to considerable speculation from the angling community, we have no plans to acquire further netting rights in Scotland.”

The Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)) has welcomed the recent announcement.

(S&TA(S)) chairman, Hughie Campbell Adamson, said: “We welcome Usan’s change of heart and appreciate that this must have been a very difficult decision.

“If Usan decides to resell their rights on the Ythan, we would be more than happy to discuss a purchase from them. Furthermore our door is open with regard to any possible negotiations if Usan decides to explore the sale of any of its other netting rights”.

“We also welcome Usan’s announcement that it does not plan to purchase any more netting rights elsewhere in Scotland.

Aberdeen and District Angling Association President, Bob Dey, added: “This is excellent news for the Ythan and its local anglers. Let us hope that the Ythan’s stocks of salmon and sea trout can now be restored through conservation measures, in particular habitat improvements”.