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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
Wholly
Ticked Partially
Not at all
Please give your reasons and any evidence you have to support your answer.
I think that stocking of the rivers from the migratory fish that come into them will be an essential for the future health of these fish and other game fish like Brown Trout. It seems that it is fine to stock rivers very heavily with coarse fish but it is not good sense to stock with game fish. Something about genetic structure keeps getting bandied about by the EA although it is OK for coarse fish? Fishing the local rivers for years and I with others can see the gradual collapse of all game fish stocks. There are not that many left on the Coquet now, not even little ones and it hasn't been stocked for years now.

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
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.
There is very few fish in the rivers of the North East of England now, which is the heaviest fished area off the coast.

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 provide details of why you have given this answer.
Sorry but I cannot seem to see and table 6 on this form so I will answer the best I can. I have never as yet killed a salmon or a brown trout and will probably not do so in the future
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.
Stop all netting off the NE Coast and introduce stocking to other rivers apart from the Tyne.

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
If you wish, please provide us with what you think the levels of voluntary catch and release should be and the reasons for your answers.
All of the rivers are now what I would call at risk.

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 the Coquet

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
If you wish, please provide us with your reasons for your answer.
Getting too old to change my habits and my rivers.