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Fishing: Salmon

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which salmon rivers in England are designated as special areas of conservation under the European Habitats Directive, including rivers for which the presence of salmon is a qualifying feature rather than a primary reason for designation; and which of these (a) are currently failing to meet their conservation limits; and (b) are expected to fail their conservation limits in 2010. [HL3298]

The information requested is set out in the table below.

River in England designated as SAC with salmon as a qualifying feature

Currently failing CL (2006 data)?

Current compliance with management objective?

Predicted compliance with management objective in 2011(1)?

Itchen

Yes

Fail

Uncertain

Avon-Hants

Yes

Fail

Fail

Camel

No

Pass

Pass

Ehen

No

Uncertain

Uncertain

Derwent

No

Pass

Pass

Eden

No

Uncertain

Uncertain

Dee

No

Uncertain

Uncertain

Wye

Yes

Fail

Fail

Notes:(1) The Environment Agency's predictions of compliance are to 2011 not 2010

A river is classed as complying with the management objective if there is a high probability, more than 95 per cent, that it will exceed its conservation limit in four years out of five. Two of the eight SAC rivers, the Camel and the Derwent, fall into this category. Three other rivers, the Ehen, Eden and Dee, are less certain to comply fully with the management objective but are all tracking very close to their conservation limits and showing improving trends.

The remaining rivers are further below the management objective, but one (Itchen) shows a good improving trend while the others (Avon and Wye) have seen periods of recovery but currently show no clear long-term trends.