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Wild Salmon Risk Extinction in England’s Rivers, Regulator Warns

Atlantic salmon travel between the sea and rivers to breed and are a classic part of the UK's river life.

Atlantic salmon travel between the sea and rivers to breed and are a classic part of the UK's river life.

Photographer: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images 

Wild salmon stocks are reaching crisis point and could be lost from English rivers without urgent action to save them, the Environment Agency has warned.

Stocks of wild Atlantic salmon, which traditionally breed in UK rivers, have fallen to their lowest level on record, the latest assessment shows.