On this day 1853: Last River Kelvin salmon caught

Fishermen take to the River Kelvin in 1999 for the first day of salmon fishing for 100 years. Picture: TSPL
Fishermen take to the River Kelvin in 1999 for the first day of salmon fishing for 100 years. Picture: TSPL
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THE last salmon was caught in the River Kelvin on the 12th of March in 1852 as numbers dwindled due to the impact of Glasgow’s booming manufacturing industries.

Pollution from the city’s sprawling factories decimated traditional spawning areas with obstructions in the river also disrupting salmon runs.

By the late 18th century the runs of salmon in much of Central Scotland were in decline. The situation in the 19th century became increasingly bad and salmon completely disappeared from many of the rivers

In February 1999, a £43 million investment was instigated which greatly improved conditions for salmon along the river with numbers increasing steadily ever since.

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