Aileen Campbell MSP was at the Popinjay Hotel in Carluke on Saturday to help launch the 2016 Clyde Salmon Season alongside local anglers and the United Clyde Angling Protective Association. Over 120 anglers attended to celebrate the opening of the Clyde Salmon fishery for another year. Also supporting the opening was constituency MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse Christina McKelvie.
Aileen has also secured a meeting for some of the anglers with Environment Minister Dr Aileen Mcleod, on the back of concerns about new conservation measures put in place on the Clyde as part of a nationwide scheme to develop fish stocks.
Commenting Aileen said:
“I was delighted to once more attend the opening of the Clyde salmon fishery for another year. It is always a great occasion for anglers in Clydesdale, who are joined by enthusiasts from further afield for the big day. I was even given a helping hand to cast a few lines myself.
“I’ve been working with UCAPA over the last few months whilst these new regulations are being introduced. The Clyde anglers have a wealth of experience of managing the river and developing the Clyde as a salmon fishery. They also promote an inclusive approach to angling so that it’s a sport open to all. I’m keen to work with the anglers to ensure that salmon fishing on the Clyde continues to flourish for years to come.”