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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

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
Ticked Option 4
I don't have a preferred option
Please provide details of why you have given this answer.
If a river cannot sustain some fish being taken fort the pot then perhaps we should stop the fishing in that river until stocks improve (as in Ireland).
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.
See above. My preference is for voluntary catch and release all season on all rivers, but if a river is in such a bad way that it genuinely cannot sustain some fish being taken for the pot then we should consider closing it to fishing until there is an improvement.

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, ie bringing a fish almost to the point of death before releasing it, just for fun, is less easy to defend morally than fishing for the pot. When seeking to reduce the number of fish anglers are allowed to kill, the EA should also propose to reduce the licence fee accordingly.

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
Ticked No
I don't know
Please select one item
Ticked Higher
Lower
If you wish, please provide us with what you think the levels of voluntary catch and release should be and the reasons for your answers.
As above, no mandatory catch and release. If a river cannot sustain some fish being taken by anglers then it should be closed to fishing until it can.

Q6.2e (If you answered yes to Q6.2c please also answer this question). What are the benefits that you would see in voluntary catch and release?

These could be economic as well as social/cultural, please provide details if you are able.
Catch and release, ie bringing a fish almost to the point of death before releasing it, just for fun, is less easy to defend morally than fishing for the pot. If it reduces the number of fish anglers are allowed to kill, the EA should reduce the licence fee accordingly.

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
If you wish, please provide us with the reason for your answer.
Catch and release, ie bringing a fish almost to the point of death before then releasing it, just for fun, is harder to defend morally than fishing for the pot. If a river really cannot sustain some fish being killed by anglers then it should be closed for fishing until there is an improvement.

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

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