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2. The Salmon Five Point Approach

Q2.2a. To what extent do you agree with the summary of the current state of salmon stocks and the supporting information provided in Appendix 2?

Please select one item
Ticked Wholly
Partially
Not at all

3. Deciding which salmon stocks need further protection

Q3.2a. To what extent do you agree that a salmon stock should be subject to additional protection from net/fixed engine and rod exploitation if it is classified as either At Risk or Probably at Risk of failing to meet its Management Objective?

Please select one item
Wholly
Ticked Partially
Not at all
Please give your reasons and any evidence you have to support your answer. If you would like to provide us with an alternative approach then please do so.
As you state, rod exploitation does not appear to have had a significant impact on salmon stocks. It could not affect the proportion of returning fish - which is one of the major issues. I would support a campaign (but not legislation) to increase the practice of safe catch and release; this is very widely practised anyway these days. I feel that there should be more control of predator populations, including seals and cormorants, in coastal and estuarine environments. I would strongly support greater controls and restriction, and surveillance, of fish farming, and prohibition of fish farming in waters of migration routes. This is to protect the health (from disease and lice) and genetic integrity of the wild stock. The Tyne has shown that hatcheries can have a very significant impact and the supplementing of the wild population via hatcheries using indigenous stock should be introduced in many more rivers.

4. Review of existing National Salmon Byelaws

Q4.2a. Do you agree with the proposal to renew without amendments the existing National Salmon Byelaws to protect spring salmon stocks?

Please select one item
Wholly
Ticked Partially
Not at all
Please give your reasons and any evidence you have to support your answer.
It is a pity that you don't give separate figures for netting and other commercial catches and for rod catches, including data on the angling method. It is impossible to properly consider (or propose, for that matter) policy options without these data. I don't think that banning bait fishing will have much impact on stocks; controls on commercial exploitation seem to offer greater potential.

5.4. All consultees' views sought on the options for net and fixed engine fisheries

Q5.4a (Seeking all consultees' views on the options for net and fixed fisheries in England and on the Border Esk (except North East Coast Net Fishery Options)). Which is your preferred option for net and fixed engine fisheries as set out in Section 5.2: Table 2?

Please select one item
Ticked Option 1
Option 2
Option 3
Option 4
I don't have a preferred option
Please provide details of why you have given this answer.
With the exception of the Tyne., the problem is severe and nationally widespread and should be approached nationally. Populations should be subject to continued monitoring with gradual relaxation of restrictions on individual catchments if populations are restored and sustained.
If you would like to suggest a different approach and your reasons for suggesting it, please do so here.
The figures given for the Tyne suggest that investment in hatcheries should be a central plank in future policies.

Q5.4b (This question is for all consultees to answer and is in reference to the answer that you have given to Q5.4a). What are the benefits, if there are any, which you would see from your preferred option for net and fixed engine fisheries?

These could be economic as well as social/cultural, please provide details if you are able.
Radical action is required.

Q5.4c (Seeking all consultees' views on the options for net and fixed engine fisheries in England and on the Border Esk (except North East Coast Net Fishery)). How long do you consider the measures covering a net and / or fixed engine fishery should be in place for?

Please select all that apply
5 Years
10 Years
Ticked Other
If other, please specify
Until fish populations are restored and sustained.
Please provide details of why you have given this answer.
Radical action (including these controls but also controls on fish farming and predators and the provision of hatcheries) is required to enable stocks to recover,

Q5.4d (Seeking all consultees' views on the options for the North East Coast Net Fishery). Which is your preferred option for the North East Coast Net Fishery as set out in Section 5.3: Table 3?

Please select one item
Option NE1
Option NE2
Option NE3
Ticked I don't have a preferred option

6.2. Possible options for rod fisheries - catch and release of salmon

Q6.2a (This question is for all consultees to answer and we are seeking your views on the possible options that have been developed). Which is your preferred option for the catch and release of salmon by rod fisheries from those that are set out in Section 6.2: Table 6?

Please select one item
Option 1
Ticked Option 2
Option 3
Option 4
I don't have a preferred option
Please provide details of why you have given this answer.
Voluntary catch and release is very widely practised; the level of non-practise does not justify the imposition of regulation.
If you don't have a preferred option, please tell us if there is another approach that you consider that we should be taking and why.
More attention to the control of predators is required plus investment in hatcheries.

Q6.2b (This questions is for all consultees to answer and is in reference to the answer that you have given to Q6.2a). What are the benefits, if there are any, which you would see from your preferred option for the catch and release of salmon by rod fisheries?

These could be economic as well as social/cultural, please provide details if you are able.
It would recognise that salmon anglers are responsible people, important stakeholders, and that the promotion pf voluntary catch and release has been successful. The number of entrants to salmon angling is declining and this will have a significant impact on the local economy. I typically spend £2000 on a three day salmon angling trip (travel, tackle, accommodation, meals, permit, guide and ghillie etc).

Q6.2c (We would like to seek all consultees' views on the use of a voluntary (as opposed to mandatory) approach to deliver increased levels of catch and release). Do you agree with using a voluntary approach to deliver improved catch and release of salmon by rod fisheries?

Please select one item
Ticked Yes
No
I don't know

Q6.2d (If you answered yes to Q6.2c please answer these questions). Do you support the proposed levels of voluntary catch and release for rivers whose salmon populations are either At Risk, Probably at Risk or Probably Not at Risk (see Section 6.2: Table 6: Option 4)?

Please select one item
Ticked Yes
No
I don't know

Q6.2e (If you answered yes to Q6.2c please also answer this question). What are the benefits that you would see in voluntary catch and release?

These could be economic as well as social/cultural, please provide details if you are able.
It would recognise that salmon anglers are responsible people, important stakeholders, and that the promotion pf voluntary catch and release has been successful. The number of entrants to salmon angling is declining and this will have a significant impact on the local economy. I typically spend £2000 on a three day salmon angling trip (travel, tackle, accommodation, meals, permit, guide and ghillie etc).

Q6.2f (This question is for all consultees). Would you support the voluntary catch and release of all salmon caught (100%) on rivers whose salmon populations are either?

Please select one item
At Risk
At Risk and Probably at Risk
Ticked At Risk, Probably at Risk and Probably Not at Risk
I would not support the voluntary catch and release of all salmon caught

Q6.2g (This question is for salmon anglers). Would you stop fishing for salmon if the proposed levels of catch and release were implemented (see Section 6.2: Table 6)?

Please select all that apply
Ticked No (I wouldn’t stop fishing whichever option was implemented)
Yes, if Option 1 was implemented
Yes, if Option 2 was implemented
Yes, if Option 3 was implemented
Yes, if Option 4 was implemented
Please tell us which river(s) you fish for salmon on.
Tyne and Tweed

Q6.2h (This question is for salmon anglers). Would you consider moving to a river where lower levels of catch and release were required?

Please select one item
Yes
Ticked No
I don't know

6.3. Possible options for rod fisheries - improving survival of released salmon (voluntary measures)

Q6.3a (This question is for all consultees to answer and is about the best practice recommendations for catch and release). Do you agree with the catch and release best practice recommendations?

Please select one item
Yes, all of them
Ticked Some of them
None of them
I don't know
If you wish, please tell us which of them you agree/disagree with and provide us with further information to support your answer.
I have not seen evidence that barbless hooks and small hooks affect survival rates. This part of the survey over-emphasises the impact of catch and release practises on the problem of declining stocks.

Q6.3c (This question is for all consultees to answer and is about other ways that you might improve salmon surviving capture). Are there any other catch and release best practice recommendations that you feel should be included?

Please select one item
Yes
Ticked No
I don't know
If yes, please provide us with the details of these and your reasons why.
This part of the survey pre-supposes and over emphasises the impact of catch and release practises on the problem of declining stocks.

6.4. Possible options for rod fisheries - improving survival of released salmon (mandatory measures)

Q6.4a (This question is for all consultees). Do you consider that having a landing net available to use should be required by byelaw whilst fishing for salmon or sea trout in England and Border Esk?

Please select one item
Yes
Ticked No
I don't know
If you wish, please provide us with your reasons for this answer.
It would be unnecessary over-regulation. This part of the survey over-emphasises the impact of catch and release practises on the problem of declining stocks.

Q6.4b (This question is for all consultees). Do you consider that a landing net used when fishing for salmon and sea trout should be required by byelaw to have a maximum mesh size of 20mm (as measured across the widest point of the stretched mesh)?

Please select one item
Yes
Ticked No
I don't know
Please tell us if you think this mesh size should be different from this and why.
It would be unnecessary over-regulation. Voluntary measures should be adopted. This part of the survey over-emphasises the impact of catch and release practises on the problem of declining stocks.

Q6.4c (This question is for all consultees). Do you consider that the use of barbed hooks should be prohibited by byelaw when fishing for salmon or sea trout with flies, lures or bait?

Please select one item
Yes
Ticked No
I don't know
What would the impact, if any, be for you or your business of prohibiting the use of barbed hooks when fishing for salmon or sea trout with flies, lures or bait?
This part of the survey over-emphasises the impact of catch and release practises on the problem of declining stocks.

Q6.4d (This question is for all consultees). Do you consider that the use of treble hooks should be prohibited by byelaw when fishing for salmon or sea trout with flies, lures or bait?

Please select one item
Yes, all should be banned
Yes, but only large treble hooks greater than size 8 should be banned
Ticked No, these should not be banned
I don't know
If you wish, please provide us with your reasons for this view and if you think that large treble hooks of a different size than greater than size 8 should be banned.
I have not seen any evidence that the mandation of hook size or type has an impact on fish populations. It would be unnecessary over-regulation. This part of the survey over-emphasises the impact of catch and release practises on the problem of declining stocks.
What would the impact be, if any, for you or your business of prohibiting the use of treble hooks (either completely or only large treble hooks) when fishing for salmon or sea trout with flies, lures or bait?
Fish catches are very rare these days. The loss of the few fish that are there to 'bite' would further reduce the experience.

Q6.4e (This question is for all consultees). Do you consider that the use of circle hooks should be mandatory by byelaw when using worm as bait when fishing for salmon or sea trout?

Please select one item
Yes
Ticked No
I don't know
If you wish, please provide us with your reasons for this answer.
This would be over-regulation. This part of the survey over-emphasises the impact of catch and release practises on the problem of declining stocks.

Q6.4f (This question is for all consultees). Should there be restriction on the use of Flying ‘Cs’ when fishing for salmon or sea trout?

Please select one item
Yes, Flying ‘Cs’ should be banned
Yes, Flying ‘Cs’ should only be allowed with single hooks
Ticked No, restrictions should not apply to the use of Flying ‘Cs’
I don't know
If you wish, please provide us with your reasons for this answer.
This part of the survey over-emphasises the impact of angling practises on the problem of declining stocks.

Q6.4g (This question is for all consultees). In your opinion, are there other types of equipment that should be prohibited by byelaw when fishing for salmon and sea trout?

Please select one item
Yes
Ticked No
I don't know
Please provide details of what these could be and why you think they should be prohibited or altered.
This part of the survey over-emphasises the impact of angling practises on the problem of declining stocks.

7. Further comments

Q7 (This is for all consultees). Please tell us if you have any further comments that you would like to provide on this consultation.

Please provide your further comments here.
The survey over-emphasises the impact of catch and release and other angling practises on the problem of declining stocks. More emphasis should be placed on the control of fish farming and predators. Hatchery investment should be a major plank in future policy.