Pink Salmon Alert for Welsh Rivers

Tuesday 23rd July, 2019

Natural Resources Wales is urging anglers to report unusual catches after the first capture of a pink salmon in the river Dee at the Chester fish trap monitoring station.

Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha), also known as humpback salmon, originate from the northern Pacific Ocean. Numerous capture reports were made around the UK in 2017 especially in Scotland and off England’s north east coast. Pink salmon were also recorded spawning in Scotland, however there were few reports from the UK western coast and none in Wales.

Anyone catching a pink salmon or with information is asked to contact Natural Resources Wales Customer Care Centre 03000 653 000 or email

Full NRW briefing document

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