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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
Please give your reasons and any evidence you have to support your answer.
I fish a river which is not classed as a designated salmon river. The nets do not appear to have any exclusion zone and therefore sit at the mouth of the river Aln virtually stopping fish entering the river except for weekends. There is no limit to what they can take and the nets take every fish that they can when they can. I have fished the river for over 50 years and stocks are now decimated. My salmon rod catches over the last few years are as follows. 2010 = 18 2011 = 26 2012 = 13 2013 = 8 2014 = 5 2015 = 3 2016 = 1 2017 = None to date. The figures speak for themselves. The majority of my fish were returned

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.
As per previous information give.

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
Please give your reasons and any evidence you have to support your answer.
The figures I have quoted confirm the need to continue with the restrictions. Most salmon anglers now fish for the sport and are not interested in being fishmongers. ( only a few exceptions ). We all feel the need for further restrictions. However if there is a total ban on rod catches then anglers would simply stop purchasing tickets as it currently nice to have the option to kill a fish for the table. The River Aln only sells about 30 rod permits a year and with rent and P L insurance we are only just able to manage. If we lose any more anglers it will become very difficult to continue.

6.2. Possible options for rod fisheries - catch and release of salmon

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.
River Aln

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

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
Please provide us with details of which of the possible option(s) would result in a significant difference to your fishery. Please provide us with details of financial and social impacts.
I do not think we could continue as a club if there was a total ban on rod catches. Our membership would fall making it financially impossible to continue. Even though we have a reasonable rent we then have to pay public liability insurance which is quite expensive.

6.3. Possible options for rod fisheries - improving survival of released salmon (voluntary measures)

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
Ticked 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.
Ticked 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.
Only allowing the use of fish-friendly landing nets.
Ticked Stopping the practice of holding the fish up clear of the water by the tail only.
Please provides us with the details of your reasons why.
Most of these measures are impractable on a lightly fished river and impossible to police by a small committee. Night fishing is done for sea trout.

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
Ticked No
I don't know
If you wish, please provide us with your reasons for this answer.
More damage can be done to the fish in the net than at any other time. I prefer to hand line a fish in and release it without removing it from the water wherever possible.

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
Please tell us if you think this mesh size should be different from this and why.
As above

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?
Anglers would no longer fish if they felt they would no longer land a fish although I would advocate the use of barbless hooks and would suggest that it is a personal choice

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
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?
Impossible to police

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

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
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.
Full sinking fly time to stop stroke hauling. No prawn fishing for salmon

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.
A cull on seal numbers would also assist considerably