Scientists launch tool to help Scottish salmon survive climate change

This article discusses another attempt to stave off another extinction event – Scottish salmon.

SCIENTISTS have developed a new online mapping tool in a bid to protect wild salmon stocks by limiting the impact of climate change on Scotland’s rivers and fisheries.

Scotland’s rivers account for around 75 per cent of the UK and 30 per cent of European wild salmon production, with freshwater fisheries and associated expenditure contributing more than £79 million a year to the Scottish economy.

However, with Atlantic salmon sensitive to changes in river temperature and temperatures expected to increase under climate change, there are concerns over the future of the fish in Scottish rivers.

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