Montrose-based Scottish Wild Salmon Company have announced that they have cast their net further by acquiring angling and salmon netting rights in an estuary north of Aberdeen.
The company is a brand name of Usan Salmon Fisheries Ltd, based two-and-a-half miles south of Montrose, and will now be able to fish in the Ythan estuary and adjacent foreshore.
The firm was established in the 1960s and remains one of the last salmon netting operations in Scotland.
George Pullar, director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have acquired these splendid sea trout and salmon fishing rights.
“Given our long association with wild salmon and sea trout in Scotland, we look forward to managing these long-established rights, in a sustainable manner, working in partnership with the angling community to open up access opportunities for anglers of all ages and backgrounds.
“We believe that salmon angling should be open to all members of society. To that end, the angling fishery will continue to be open to the public going forward from this year.”
He added: “Some limited netting will be required on the foreshore and lower estuary. This will allow us to fulfil our management role and commitment to addressing the current predation issues, returning the Ythan to its former glory, in a bid to ensure that it remains one of the top sea trout rivers in Scotland for future generations.”
The company director said the average sea trout catch over the last five years has been just under 1,000 year from the Newburgh fishings.
He said: “While this is a credible baseline, we would expect to see these numbers significantly increase once the current predation levels are reduced.”
Mr Pullar concluded that the company will continue to employ local staff in their operations, supporting rural communities and contributing to the economy.