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Salmon decline in Dorset river

The young salmon population in Dorset's River Frome has fallen Credit: Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Scientists say prolonged drought following by flooding could be responsible for a big drop in the salmon population of a Dorset river. The number of young salmon in the River Frome fell by more than half in just one year.

The figures come from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, which has been monitoring Atlantic salmon numbers in the river for the past 40 years.

Salmon fisherman threatened by new regulations

The Environment Agency, has told Nigel he can catch no more than 30 fish a year. Credit: ITV West

The only full-time salmon fisherman on the River Severn says new regulations risk putting him out of business and destroying a traditional way of life which dates back centuries.

The Environment Agency, which licences river fishing, has told Nigel Mott he can catch no more than 30 fish a year. Nigel Mott fishes for wild salmon near Lydney using putchers, wire cages which the salmon swim into as the tide ebbs. Previously he was allowed to caatch as many as he liked.

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