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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.
Yes smolt migration to sea is diminishing because of the lack of adults being allowed to spawn. Biggest issues are damage to spawning areas and pollution within river systems, spawning areas becoming silted due to farming and gravel works etc. are major issues that need addressing. Netting for salmon is a joke, at this time allowing drift and coastal and estuarine netting operations to continue is plainRedacted textand makes a mockery of any work your organisation is trying to do. Rod and line fishing in rivers account's for less than 1% of salmon fatalities, netting returns a value of a max of £10 per pound of wild salmon caught, a rod caught salmon (which is 99% likely to be returned unharmed) returns to the community it is fished around £5000 per fish. The total jobs in salmon netting runs to a few hundred across the entirety of the UK and the main people working get minimum wage and only the owners make money. Due to the issues stated above stocks will continue to decline until such time as all netting has ceased. Pollution being the second most damaging to immature fish within watersheds, nothing to do with predation at sea. Fewer smolts going to see will mean far fewer adults returning to spawn, therefore sea predation is at the same level just fewer smolts going to sea in the first instance.

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 stated I do not agree rod and line fishing has any real impact, fix the issues netting must stop, where rivers are at dangerous levels start stocking and stock smolts. Really no point stocking fry as you will lose 80% before the reach smolt size. Smolt stocking works, nets men and fishery owners have spent many years taking and never giving back

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.
Catch and release is workable but returning damaged fish won't help anyone, yes there are issues that some anglers could deliberately damage a fish so it is kept, but each fisherman should get a license for a fishery with a single tag, so if they have a fish in possession without a tag they can be fined. means we understand that all fish cannot go back unharmed but the likelihood of having more than one would indicate deliberate damage.

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.
An easy option, fish barbless hooks, ban worming for migratory fish. Bait fishing is ok if using correct baits, spinning again with barbless hooks will allow easy returns. Shrimp and Prawn fishing, great way to catch fish and all fish hooked on such are hooked in front of mouth making release very easy indeed, unlike worming where the fish are usually hooked deep down around gills which increases the opportunity for damage. Fly fishing again barbless hooks would help

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
Ticked Yes
No
I don't know

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.
If not barbed they make little difference and fish can be returned, going to a single hook makes little sense
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?
Not a sensible option, doubles , trebles or singles can cause damage, and typically only one hook is in contact with fish so even if a treble is used

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.
Ban worming that is best way forward
What would the impact be, if any, for you or your business of only allowing the use of circle hooks when using worm as bait when fishing for salmon or sea trout?
They are likely not going to work with Salmonids

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.
Why would you consider one spinner to be more damaging than others is plain Redacted text, no doubt comes from a fly only fisher, really I love my fly fishing but there are many who cannot fly fish due to expense, or physical inability. Get real it's not the lure it's the man at other end you need to address

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.
Just make the rules clear no lure is bad apart from worming it is the angler you need to educate, Redacted text some people would ban all if they could. The angler pays for the EA and pays for the fishing, most owners have had the water in their families for hundreds of years and never do anything to improve the lot of the fish

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.
An easy option, fish barbless hooks, ban worming for migratory fish. Bait fishing is ok if using correct baits, spinning again with barbless hooks will allow easy returns. Shrimp and Prawn fishing, great way to catch fish and all fish hooked on such are hooked in front of mouth making release very easy indeed, unlike worming where the fish are usually hooked deep down around gills which increases the opportunity for damage. Fly fishing again barbless hooks would help