Care of Fish
Salmon Conservation Stamp Funding
this funding source is known colloquially as a conservation
stamp, legally it is a component of the salmon licence fee, the
proceeds of which are dedicated, on foot of a ministerial
direction to the fisheries boards, to investment in salmon stock
and habitat rehabilitation.
A salmon conservation stamp has been
applied to all salmon rod licences and commercial salmon fishing
licences since 2007. The salmon conservation stamp applied is
equivalent to and additional to the licence fee in each
The revenue generated from the
salmon conservation stamp is being reinvested in salmon stock
rehabilitation and habitat improvement and will be ring-fenced
and designated for the purpose of prioritised investment in
salmon conservation initiatives. Funding is allocated to
rehabilitate salmon rivers which are below their conservation
limit and have the greatest prospect of recovery.
Remedial works are proposed by the
Regional Fisheries Boards for rivers where maximum benefit can
be expected to accrue. The type of works funded to date include
rehabilitation of degraded habitat, input of spawning gravels,
shrub clearance, and provision of fish passes.