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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.
It is notoriously difficult to count Salmon Reds so counts can be misleading also Salmon Parr counts as well , however as I have fished the one particular river for over 40 years yes I have seen a decline in Salmon Runs in that river.

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.
Totally with the protection from commercial interests but most Salmon Rod anglers do not catch that many anyway even if they are lucky enough to live very close to there Salmon / Sea Trout fishing

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.
Putting more restrictions on Rod Anglers on how they fish is not going to fix the problem , lack of investment by the EA in not stocking rivers with Parr is part of the problem . I fish the Derbyshire River Dove where over the last few years we have seen the re stocking of this river and the River Churnet with Salmon Parr which now produces a very good Salmon run .

5.2. Possible options for salmon net and fixed engine fisheries - across England and the Border Esk

Q5.2e (This question is for net and fixed engine fishermen). Do you consider that your fishing gear and how it is fished enables salmon to be released alive immediately after capture?

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

Q5.2i (This question is for net and fixed engine fishermen). Do you consider that your fishing gear and how it is fished enables salmon to be released with minimal damage?

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

Q5.2j (This question is for net and fixed engine fishermen). Would altering your gear make it easier to release and/or cause less damage to salmon?

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

Q5.2k (This question is for net and fixed engine fishermen). If you could release salmon and continue to take the sea trout that you catch would you continue to fish for sea trout?

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

Q5.2m (this question is for both businesses and net and fixed engine fishermen that are supplied with / catch wild salmon and sea trout from Fisheries in England and on the Border Esk). If fishing for salmon was required to cease, is there a date later than 2018 that would be economically easier to work towards?

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

Q5.2n (this question is for both businesses and net and fixed engine fishermen that are supplied with / catch wild salmon and sea trout from Fisheries in England and on the Border Esk). How long do you consider the measures covering a fishery should be in place for?

Please select one item
Ticked 5 years
10 years
Other

5.3. Possible options for salmon net and fixed engine fisheries - North East Coast Net Fishery

Q5.3b (This question is for North East Coast drift net licence holders). Are there opportunities for you to fish for other species (e.g. white fish or crustaceans) if the drift net fishery closed prior to the end of the 2022 season?

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

Q5.3c (This question is for North East Coast beach net licence holders). Do you consider that your fishing gear and how it is fished enables salmon to be released alive immediately after capture?

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

Q5.3d (This question is for North East Coast beach net licence holders). Do you consider that your fishing gear and how it is fished enables salmon to be released with minimal damage?

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

Q5.3e (This question is for North East Coast beach net licence holders). With regard to the release of salmon and any damage that is caused, is there a difference in damage if it is grilse or multi sea winter salmon that are caught?

Please select one item
Yes, there is a difference in damage
No, there is not a difference in damage
Ticked I don't know

Q5.3f (This question is for North East Coast beach net licence holders). Would altering your gear or the way it is fished make it easier to release and/or cause less damage to salmon?

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

Q5.3g (This question is for North East Coast beach net licence holders). If you could release salmon and continue to take the sea trout that you catch would you continue to fish for sea trout?

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

Q5.3i (This question is for North East Coast beach net licence holders). Are there opportunities for you to fish for other species (e.g. white fish or crustaceans) if the beach net fishery were to close?

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

Q5.3k (This question is for North East Coast drift and beach net fishermen and the businesses that they supply to). If fishing was required to cease, is there a date later than 2018 that would be economically easier to work towards?

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

Q5.3l (This question is for North East Coast drift and beach net fishermen and the businesses that they supply to). Are there other options for reducing the exploitation of salmon by your fishery that you would like us to consider?

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

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
Ticked Option 1
Option 2
Option 3
Option 4
I don't have a preferred option

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

Q6.2f (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
At Risk, Probably at Risk and Probably Not at Risk
Ticked 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
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.
USK AND SEVERN

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

Q6.2i (This question is for owners/lessees of salmon rod fisheries). What would the impact of these catch and release proposals be on your fishery (see Section 6.2: Table 6)?

Please select one item
No impact as a result of any of the options
Ticked A significant impact as a result of one or more of the options
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

Q6.3b (This question is for angling club and fishery owners). With reference to the catch and release best practice recommendations in Section 6.3.3, which, if any, of these would you have difficulty applying to the waters under your control?

Please select all that apply
Stopping angling at high water temperatures (where they exceed 18 °C in the mid-morning).
Ticked Only allowing the use of single or double barbless hooks to minimise risk of injury.
Stopping the use of large treble hooks, particularly on Flying ‘C’ spinners,.
Only allowing the use of the least harmful bait/lure type (e.g. artificial flies with minimal, appropriately sized, barbless hooks fished actively),
Ticked Identifying safe landing areas and promoting their use to anglers before commencing fishing.
Ticked Minimising air exposure, by promoting that fish are not removed from the water during landing, unhooking and photographing.
Ticked Stopping fish being taken out of the river and onto the bank prior to release.
Ticked Only allowing the use of fish-friendly landing nets.
Stopping the practice of holding the fish up clear of the water by the tail only.

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

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
No
Ticked 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
Yes
Ticked 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
No
Ticked 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
Ticked Yes, but only large treble hooks greater than size 8 should be banned
No, these should not be banned
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
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

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