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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 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.
It is fairly obvious why salmon and sea trout stocks are low. The reasons are: a. No control of the estuarine seal population which operates some distance up many rivers. The other day a large hen salmon was washed up dead on the bank with large seal gouge marks down its side b. No control of the mink and otter population. Mink can be seen in the Nevern on a daily basis. There are otter traces along the whole river. I just missed running one over last night. c. No control of the slurry spread on farmland in close proximity to rivers. The river frequently smells of slurry and it is often spread on very wet ground and after large amounts of rainfall. Until these major problems are controlled don't worry about other things.

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

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
Option 4
Ticked I don't have a preferred option
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.
sort the othyer porblems out

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.
Catch and release effects are likely to be marginal

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
Yes
No
Ticked I don't know

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

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
Yes, if Option 3 was implemented
Yes, if Option 4 was implemented
Please tell us which river(s) you fish for salmon on.
Various in GB

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

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.
I cannot emphasis strongly enough that this is clearly a very political document and will not achieve anything but will give the impression of righteous activity. It is easy to blame and control line fishermen when the reality is that environmental factors resulting from allowing otters, mink and seals to roam as they please and eat whatever fish they want is at the heart of the matter. But we all know that successive governments have completely failed to control the activities of aggressive environmentalists and, indeed impose statutory controls on farmers and the spreading of slurry, are the real cause of the problem. Why not built slurry digesters across Britain and force farmers to use them? Then ban the spreading of liquid slurry within a mile of any river system. ( I was once a farmer by the way).