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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
Ticked Wholly
Partially
Not at all

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
Ticked Wholly
Partially
Not at all

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

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.
Better return to local economy from rod fishing and increased tourism.

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
Ticked 5 Years
10 Years
Other
Please provide details of why you have given this answer.
To regularly review if it is working.

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
Ticked Option NE1
Option NE2
Option NE3
I don't have a preferred option
Please provide details of why you have given this answer.
The sooner the better to help build stocks.

Q5.4e (This question is for all consultees to answer and is in reference to the answer you have given to Q5.4d). What are the benefits, if there are any, which you would see from your preferred option for the North East Coast Net Fishery?

These could be economic as well as social/cultural, please provide details if you are able.
As above.

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
Option 2
Option 3
Ticked Option 4
I don't have a preferred option
Please provide details of why you have given this answer.
There is already a large voluntary C&R %. Salmon rod fishermen are more aware than most how precious a resource this is and do not require prescriptive legislation. Again a regular review is required to monitor the progress of the % returned and its effect on numbers.

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.
The thought of being to take an occasional salmon is very appealing to most salmon anglers and there is a danger if we switch to 100% C&R the numbers of anglers would drop away and the benefits to the local economies, the incentives to manage river banks etc would also reduce. These are in many areas where such income streams are vital.

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.
As above

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
Ticked At Risk
At Risk and Probably at Risk
At Risk, Probably at Risk and Probably Not at Risk
I would not support the voluntary catch and release of all salmon caught
If you wish, please provide us with the reason for your answer.
Again discretion should be applied. At risk water should be protected but all others should allow the option to take the occasional fish. Most fishermen are now returning a large % of any catches so it is happening anyway. Do not over regulate where it is not needed.

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
No (I wouldn’t stop fishing whichever option was implemented)
Ticked Yes, if Option 1 was implemented
Ticked Yes, if Option 2 was implemented
Ticked Yes, if Option 3 was implemented
Yes, if Option 4 was implemented
Please tell us which river(s) you fish for salmon on.
Tay, Tyne, Eden, Lune.

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
Ticked Yes
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.
Bait fishing should be banned as it causes more damage to the fish. Use of suitable nets is sensible. Treble hooks on other spinners eg Blair Spoon does not seem to increase risk of damage so maybe a recommendation re flying C's but not a blanket ban. The same for barbless...it should be a matter for the angler to judge. If eg they already have taken 1 fish maybe a recommendation to fish barbless for the rest of the day but these are guidelines not by-laws.

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
No
Ticked I don't know

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
Ticked Yes
No
I don't know

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
Ticked Yes
No
I don't know

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?
Maybe fish barbless if a fish has been taken that day.

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.
Again it is discretion. I feel multiple trebles are 'overkill' eg the rapala but they di increase the success rate of catching a fish. Again maybe apply the restrictions (size 8 and below ok) once a fish has been taken.

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
Ticked Yes
No
I don't know

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
Ticked Yes, Flying ‘Cs’ should only be allowed with single hooks
No, restrictions should not apply to the use of Flying ‘Cs’
I don't know

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
Ticked Yes
No
I don't know
Please provide details of what these could be and why you think they should be prohibited or altered.
Rapalas and other multiple treble lures.

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 return and increase in population of salmon in as many rivers as possible is probably more dear to to angler's hearts than any other group. We have a huge admiration and respect for the species and wish for a healthy and thriving population of migratory fish. As your figures indicate the majority of caught salmon are now returned voluntarily by anglers. Given this it is important to trust those who maybe more than any other group appreciate what a wonderful creature the salmon is and allow them to apply discretion as a guide when it is appropriate. I know of no angler that seeks to cause suffering to any fish nor to endanger their numbers. Please be aware that over regulation risks alienating those that wish to see sensible methods help the salmon succeed and flourish in as many (and an increasing number of) rivers as possible for the benefit of all.