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Will wild Pacific salmon colonize UK’s salmon streams?

The number of sightings of the species reached unprecedented levels in 2017.

Unprecedented numbers of Pacific pink salmon were reported within inshore coastal waters and rivers in Scotland and England in 2017, according to a recent report by the UK’s Environment Agency.

In Scotland, pink salmon were found to have spawned producing viable eggs that hatched into fry, while seven pink salmon were subsequently recorded by anglers in or close to English rivers.

The fish were seen in the northeast of England, including in the Wear, Tyn, and Coquet rivers.

Given the two-year cycle of the species, authorities are expecting to see the fish return again this year.

“It is anticipated more pink salmon will be observed over the coming weeks and fisheries managers, anglers and netsmen are requested to remain vigilant,” said Jonathan Shelley, net fishery program manager at the Environment Agency.

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