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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.
In My fifteen years of angling I have seen a large decrease in returning fish numbers on the river coquet. I would estimate this figure to be around a 50% decline in the last 15-20 years

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

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

5.4. All consultees' views sought on the options for net and fixed engine fisheries

Q5.4a (Seeking all consultees' views on the options for net and fixed fisheries in England and on the Border Esk (except North East Coast Net Fishery Options)). Which is your preferred option for net and fixed engine fisheries as set out in Section 5.2: Table 2?

Please select one item
Ticked Option 1
Option 2
Option 3
Option 4
I don't have a preferred option

Q5.4b (This question is for all consultees to answer and is in reference to the answer that you have given to Q5.4a). What are the benefits, if there are any, which you would see from your preferred option for net and fixed engine fisheries?

These could be economic as well as social/cultural, please provide details if you are able.
Allow stocks to increase and one day allow a sustainable harvest to return

Q5.4c (Seeking all consultees' views on the options for net and fixed engine fisheries in England and on the Border Esk (except North East Coast Net Fishery)). How long do you consider the measures covering a net and / or fixed engine fishery should be in place for?

Please select all that apply
5 Years
Ticked 10 Years
Other

Q5.4d (Seeking all consultees' views on the options for the North East Coast Net Fishery). Which is your preferred option for the North East Coast Net Fishery as set out in Section 5.3: Table 3?

Please select one item
Ticked Option NE1
Option NE2
Option NE3
I don't have a preferred option

Q5.4e (This question is for all consultees to answer and is in reference to the answer you have given to Q5.4d). What are the benefits, if there are any, which you would see from your preferred option for the North East Coast Net Fishery?

These could be economic as well as social/cultural, please provide details if you are able.
Allow stocks to increase and one day allow a sustainable harvest to return

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
Please provide details of why you have given this answer.
For rivers considered "probably not at risk" I can see no reason why a small number of fish could not be taken. All other rivers should have compulsory C&R while the returning numbers are of less favourable status. Hopefully one day they will be able to take fish due to the increased runs of fish

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.
Still the ability for rivers in the PNAR category to harvest some fish but all rivers in less favourable condition should make every effort to increase the number of spawning fish. This will hopefully increase the number of returning fish and bring greater income to areas through angling

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

Q6.2e (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.
Better education of good C&R practice

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
Ticked At Risk, Probably at Risk and Probably Not at Risk
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.
I am an angler and release 100% of my fish caught so this would not effect me and hopefuly would benefit the fish

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.
Tyne, Wear, Eden, Coquet

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

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
Ticked Yes, all of them
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).
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.
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.
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.
Catching a salmon is hard enough. I think if I only fished in areas I had identified safe landing areas before starting I probably wouldn't even make a cast... its part of the fun and locations will not always be ideal for landing fish..

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.
While fish is recovering allow fish to sit in current with head upstream, Do not pull fish backwards and forwards by tail...

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.
When fishing on your own it can often be harder to land a salmon using a landing net rather than simply beaching the fish. I think it has to be optional

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

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?
Salmon and seatrout have tough mouths I don't think a small barb causes any extra damage

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.
I oftern fish with trebles and don't find them to damage the fish any more than doubles do to be honest. just my experience though

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
Ticked Yes, Flying ‘Cs’ should only be allowed with single hooks
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.
I find them one of the most harsh methods of fishing for salmon and have hokked salmon on them which have swallowed the treble making them impossible to unhook

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

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.
Its about time we did something about our declining stocks of salmon however I think that banning netsmen may not be the answer. Huge explosions of predators such as seals and dolphins must be having a large impact too. I feel that seals have a lot to answer for