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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.
Visual Rod catch returns

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.
Netting is indiscriminatory angling is not. Salmon can be safely released and the people who pay for restoration and provide the biggest financial support to a fishery can be kept interested in a conservation project. Ban netting and only in the v worst cases limit angling

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.
see previous comment

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
Ticked Option 2
Option 3
Option 4
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.
Should also consider maximising smolt production. Culling of all predators of salmon for 5 years to re-establish the stock

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

Q6.2f (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
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.
Tweed, Tyne, Test ,Avon

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
Ticked No impact as a result of any of the options
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)

Q6.3b (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).
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),
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.
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.
Cant be everywhere at once. explain the pitfalls properly educate and the angler will support

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
Ticked Yes
No
I don't know
If yes, please provide us with the details of these and your reasons why.
if a salmon is bleeding the excuse is used to kill it. refer to the Atlantic Salmon reserve in KOla Peninsular for their rates of survival nursing salmon back to life. Call Justin McCarthy at Farlows in Pall Mall for further details