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The Environment Agency have released an Advisory Note (below) regarding the rapidly increasing reports of Pacific Pink Salmon being caught in both nets, and via Rod & Line. The Pacific Pink Salmon is a Non-Native Species to the Atlantic region and thus has the potential to disturb the natural balance and ecosystem required by the native Salmon.

Pacific Pink Salmon – Ocean and Freshwater Phase

What to do if you capture a Pink Salmon:

If you are confident that you have caught a pink salmon it should be dispatched and retained. Please do NOT return it to the river.
If you are unsure about the identification, if possible please call the Environment Agency on our hotline number (0800 80 70 60). If possible retain the fish alive in a keep net. Otherwise, you should release it.

Please report your capture, including details of where you caught it and, if possible, a photograph of the fish, to Jonathan Shelley at the Environment Agency by email: Jonathan.shelley@environment-agency.gov.uk or by post: Brampton Fisheries Laboratory, Brampton, Peterborough, Bromholme Lane, PE28 4NE.

If possible, please make the whole fish available to us for inspection and further analysis. Otherwise, a sample of the scales would be very helpful.

Pacific Pink Salmon – EA ADVISORY NOTE