Game Fishing

Salmon has returned to Cornwall's River Par

The Environment Agency has found an adult Atlantic salmon on River Par in Cornwall, UK, - probably the first in recent years.

Westcountry Rivers Trust
An adult Atlantic salmon has been found by the Environment Agency on Cornwall’s River Par.


Recent fisheries surveys have shown that salmon could be returning to Cornwall's River Par after a few juvenile salmon have been found in the river.

The fish, which was around 70cm (27.5in) in length with estimated weight of 4kg (8-9lb), was found part way up the river system.

The River Par, which rises near Roche and Victoria and meets the sea at Par Beach, is slowly recovering.
The water quality is improving as mineral extraction and heavy metal leach from mined deposits have reduced in the catchment.

This latest discovery of the return of even a few salmon to the river is tremendously important indicator that, with the proper help and time, these rivers of St Austell bay area can provide a sustainable salmon and trout population once again.

Westcountry Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency are working in partnership to improve the River Par and other catchments in the St Austell Bay area through the South Cornwall River Improvement Project.
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