The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) remains committed to the sustainability of inshore wrasse fisheries, including the voluntary publication of wild catch data which started in 2018.

Data published today, 18th December, is the second to be released since the Scottish salmon farming sector committed to voluntary control measures for the live capture of Scottish wild wrasse for salmon farms in 2018.

View: 2018 Summary data for wild catch of wrasse

The data was collated through the submission of figures from the first 20 traps lifted weekly by Scottish fishing boats providing wrasse to the Scottish salmon farming sector. The SSPO is also investing in a 3 to 4 year study to allow everyone to better understand Scottish wrasse populations.

READ MORE: Voluntary Control Measures for Wrasse Fishing

The salmon farming sector has invested more than £15 million in breeding and husbandry programmes since it adopted cleaner fish as a sea lice control method a decade ago. All lumpfish used for lice control are now farm reared, and the continued investment in new wrasse breeding facilities and programmes should ensure the reliance on wild caught fish will diminish in coming years.

In order to sustain a viable fishery, which has boosted the local economies of some of Scotland’s coastal communities by millions of pounds, a voluntary code of conduct is adhered to by all boats supplying the salmon farming sector. This includes a minimum and maximum catch size to ensure juvenile and breeding-age fish are directly returned to their local habitats.

Other measures include a closed season for wrasse fishing which extends from 1st December to 1st May.

This second annual data release builds on and complements the existing SSPO-led voluntary reporting schedules for sea lice and survival figures which are world-leading in salmon farming countries.

Number of wrasse in first 20 traps lifted weeklyUndersizeTargetOversizeTotal
Ballan 
Number30627102174711911
%25.759.614.722.6
Corkwing 
Number343849013998738
%39.356.14.616.6
Cuckoo 
Number223025662485044
%44.250.94.99.6
Goldsinny 
Number651678111814345
%45.454.50.127.2
Rock cook 
Number610764811912607
%48.451.40.223.9
All wrasse 
Total2135328861243152645
%40.654.84.6 

Click below to download the full data set for 2019 wild catch of wrasse