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Salmon Conservation Programme under Scrutiny

SCOTLAND - A two day conference starts today in Scotland aimed at presenting an overview of Atlantic salmon conservation from a historical, present day and future perspective.

The main results of the four and a half years of work of the Conservation of Atlantic Salmon in Scotland LIFE (CASS) project will be the focal point of the conference.

The CASS project which started in 2004, with a budget of £3 million is believed to be the single most significant salmon conservation project ever undertaken in Scotland.

Co-financed by the European Community’s LIFE-Nature programme, the CASS Project is actively improving freshwater habitat for salmon on eight Scottish rivers designated as Special Areas of Conservation, including the Tay, Tweed, Dee, Spey and South Esk.

Due for completion in July 2008, partners are now in the final stages of work and are beginning to assess the effectiveness of their project actions and how this fits in to the wider context of salmon conservation.

The conference takes place at the SNH Battleby Conference Centre in Perth on 12 and 12 June.