The Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Statistics Report 2022 outlines the total number of fish caught by all methods (commercial and angling, including catch and release) was 26,715 salmon, and 2,082 sea trout.
This is a reduction of 14pc on the total salmon catch recorded in 2021 (31,148), but an increase of 30pc of the total sea trout catch recorded that year (1,595).
Anglers from 42 different countries held salmon rod licences in 2022.
Most of these licences were sold to residents of the Republic of Ireland (66.5pc), followed by Northern Ireland(11pc), and England/Scotland/Wales(6.6pc). Hundreds of anglers from France, Germany, and the United States also bought salmon licences in 2022 during trips here.
Commercial fishermen caught 15pc of the salmon catch in 2022, compared to 21pc in 2021 and recreational anglers caught 85pc in 2022 compared to 79pc in 2021.
A total of 17,318 salmon licences were bought by fishermen/women in 2022 - up some 11pc on the corresponding figure for 2021.