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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 August 2007, 11:55 GMT 12:55 UK
High hopes for good salmon season
Salmon
Heavy rain is said to have eased salmon runs
Anglers are optimistic about a good summer on Scottish rivers, according the Association of Salmon Fishery Boards (ASFB).

Assistant director Brian Davidson said catches over spring had been poor, but there were signs of an improvement.

Heavy rain has eased runs of the fish. However, for anglers, it makes them harder to catch because the salmon are more spread out.

Dolphins in the Moray Firth are reported to be benefiting from salmon.

Charlie Phillips, of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, said bottlenose dolphins had a plentiful supply and choice of salmon and sea trout thanks to a late appearance of the fish.

Mr Davidson said the recent long spell of wet weather had played a part this season.

He said: "Lots of water is good for the fish, but catches are down. That doesn't reflect salmon stocks however.

"It was a poor spring and we can't pin down why but we are optimistic at the moment of a solid season."

The salmon season can potentially run until November.


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