Contents :

  • Diseased Fish (June 2019, updated Aug 2019)
  • Pacific Pink Salmon (June 2019, updated Aug 2019)
  • Mink
  • Gyrodactylus Salaris

Diseased Fish (June 2019)   

There are reports of small numbers of fish exhibiting signs of bleeding and/or ulceration being caught in Norway, Ireland and Scotland.     

These symptoms have been reported as being mainly along the area on the belly of the fish between the head and the tail.        

At the moment what is causing this trauma is unknown. Fisheries Management Scotland are liaising closely with Marine Scotland and samples have now been taken by the Fish Health Inspectorate. 

If you encounter a fish exhibiting these symptoms please contact the 

Bailiff on 07874 086777  immediately 

It would be advisable, if you do catch and land one of these fish, to follow normal biosecurity protocols and to disinfect your fishing tackle, landing net, waders and fishing jacket. 

Pacific Pink Salmon (June 2019)

Whilst it is theoretically possible that Pacific Pink Salmon could establish themselves in Scottish rivers, the higher water temperatures make this unlikely. Whilst the risks are not known, in terms of their interaction with Atlantic Salmon and other native Scottish fish, they are unlikely to have a positive impact.

If you are confident that you have captured a pacific Pink Salmon, the fish should be humanely despatched and retained. If you have killed and retained a Pink Salmon, please immediately contact the Nairn DSFB Bailiff on 07874 086777 who will arrange for further inspection and analysis if necessary. 

It would be very helpful if the following information could be recorded:

  • Date of capture or sighting
  • Location of capture (grid reference if possible) and details of the site
  • Method of capture
  • Sex of fish
Please be vigilant for any early or unusual spawning activity - particularly during August and September, when any Pink Salmon present are likely to be active in spawning areas - shallow, gravelly glides and runs. Any suspected activity should be reported as above.

Identification of Pink Salmon

Pacific Pink Salmon, when fresh from the sea, are steel blue to blue-green on their backs, silver on the flanks and white on their bellies. There are large black spots on the backs, upper flanks, adipose fins and tail - some of the spots on the tail can be as large as the fish's eyes. They are very uniform in size, reaching only 40 to 60 cms in length. It is possible that at first sight, a fresh Pink Salmon may be confused with a small Atlantic Salmon.

With acknowledgement to Fisheries Management Scotland.


If you see a mink or its tracks please let us know by contacting:


07874 086777

James Symonds

(SISI Project Officer) 

01340 810841

07493 272898