Extra £6M flows into local economy from River Tweed

Angling on the River Tweed, along  with other activities, is now worth �24million a year to the Borders economy.
Angling on the River Tweed, along with other activities, is now worth �24million a year to the Borders economy.

Some £6million has been added to the yearly amount generated rom fishing and other activities on the Tweed in less than a decade.

According to a new report published this week, fishing and other activities on the river system support 513 full-time equivalent jobs and pump £24 million annually into the economy of the Borders and North Northumberland.

That’s a rise of £6million and 23 full-time jobs in the nine years since the last similar economic impact report carried out by consultants, who say, despite a couple of difficult years for angling, the economic benefit of Europe’s most important salmon river has grown substantially in recent years.

The River Tweed Commission (RTC), which engaged SQW consultants, has welcomed the report’s findings. The RTC includes a majority of council nominees sitting alongside Scottish and English proprietors, has statutory responsibility for regulating the river system.

Chairman, Douglas Dobie, said that the report highlighted how the commission places appropriate emphasis on the economic contribution of the river, alongside its environmental and ecological importance - something which is recognised internationally.

And Mr Dobie stressed the economic benefits of the river allow the commission to continue to invest heavily in long-term scientific research to underpin the evidence-based management of the river.

In the past decade the RTC has channelled research grants totalling £1.3 million into the Tweed Foundation ensuring the river is studied and managed according to the highest international standards.

Mr Dobie said: “Over the past decade the economic contribution of the activities on the Tweed has continued to grow, as has our scientific understanding of the whole river system. We are unique in Scotland in this regard.

“While we have had a couple of testing years for anglers, this report underscores the increasing importance of the river to the local economy. And with the commitment of the commission to keep investing in the management and science of the river through the Tweed Foundation, we can be confident that the positive impact will continue to be enjoyed locally, nationally and internationally.”