S&TC Scotland calls out the SSPO for use of alternative facts

River Awe grilse

The claim by the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (“S&TCS ‘premature and over simplistic’ in claims about River Awe”, 9 August) that “the majority of grilse don’t return to the Awe until the autumn” shows how completely ignorant it is regarding the habits of wild Scottish salmon.

There has never been a significant run of fish (either grilse or salmon) in the autumn on the Awe since records began with the installation of the fish counter in 1965.

River Awe weekly count

Andrew Graham-Stewart, Director of S&TCS, said: “Such blatant use of ‘alternative facts’ is evidence of just how desperate SSPO is becoming in its vain attempts to defend the indefensible.”