National Salmon and Sea Trout Protection Byelaws

Closed 12 Apr 2018

Opened 7 Mar 2018

Results Updated 10 Jun 2019

Result of advertising the proposed Salmon and Sea Trout Protection Byelaws

We submitted the byelaws to government in the summer of 2018, taking into consideration the 1350 responses that we received. The byelaws were confirmed, with amendments, in December 2018. They came into force on the 1 January 2019 and mean the following restrictions are in place in England and on the Border Esk:

  • No net fishing for salmon on rivers ‘At Risk’ and ‘Probably At Risk’ (some fishing for sea trout will still be allowed). This includes closure of all drift net fisheries.
  • Mandatory catch and release of salmon by anglers and use of fly or lure only before 16 June in any year. These are the renewed 1998 Spring Salmon Byelaws.
  • Mandatory catch and release of salmon by anglers on the rivers that are classed as ‘At Risk’. These are the Cumbrian Calder, Dorset Stour and Yealm.
  • Mandatory catch and release of salmon by anglers on the rivers that are listed as ‘Recovering Rivers’ (Table 1). These are rivers where salmon were effectively wiped out and small populations have re-established in recent years.

The confirmed byelaws are provided in the “files” section along with the documents that supported their confirmation.


Table1: ‘Recovering Rivers’ where mandatory catch and release of salmon is required

Name of River

County

Allen

Cornwall

Aln

Northumberland

Alt

Merseyside

Annas

Cumbria

Avill

Somerset

Bela

Cumbria

Belford Burn

Northumberland

Blackeney Brook or Blackpool Brook

Gloucestershire

Blyth

Northumberland

Bristol Avon

 

Brit

Dorset

Derwent

Durham and Northumberland

Don

Tyne & Wear

Doniford

Somerset

Ellen

Cumbria

Ems

West Sussex

Fal

Cornwall

Gilpin

Cumbria

Harbourne

Devon

Heddon

Devon

Keer

Lancashire

Lerryn

Cornwall

Looe

Cornwall

Medway

Sussex and Kent

Meon

Hampshire

Mersey

 

Mite

Cumbria

Otter

Devon

Ouse

Yorkshire

Par

Cornwall

Parrett

Dorset and Somerset

Porth

Cornwall

Seaton

Cornwall

Sid

Devon

Skelton Beck

North Yorkshire

Skinningrove Beck

North Yorkshire

Stour

Kent

Team

Durham and Tyne and Wear

Thames

 

Trent

Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire

Valency

Cornwall

Wampool

Cumbria

Wansbeck

Northumberland

Waren Burn

Northumberland

Washford

Somerset

Waver

Cumbria

Weaver

Cheshire

Winster

Cumbria

The Environment Agency have introduced these restrictions on fishing in England and on the Border Esk in response to the international decline in salmon stocks. Salmon stock numbers are currently among the lowest on record and are below sustainable levels in many rivers.

We would like to thank all those who responded to the advertising of these byelaws.

Files:

Overview

 

We are advertising new byelaws for salmon and sea trout net and rod fisheries in England and on the Border Esk.

If you would like to object, or provide support, to these proposed byelaws then please use the "Respond online" link below. Here we have set out the byelaws in four separate sections and you will be able to respond to each section separately. The sections are:

  • Renewal of current National Salmon Byelaws (applies to net/fixed engine and rod fisheries).
  • New byelaws for net and fixed engine fisheries.
  • New byelaws requiring catch and release of salmon by rod fisheries.
  • New byelaws restricting certain rod fishing methods.

There are 11 questions in total and if you provide a response to each section we estimate it will take you 60 - 90 minutes to respond.

 

What Happens Next

The advertising period for proposed salmon and sea trout protection byelaws in England and on the Border Esk has now closed and we would like to thank all those that responded during the advertising period.

If you response contained an objection to the proposed byelaws we will reply to your objection shortly.

Thank you

Heidi Stone

Audiences

  • Net fishing license holders
  • River based salmon angling owners/fishing clubs/organisations
  • Individual migratory salmonid licence holders
  • Business that buy salmon/supported by salmon net and rod fishing
  • Angling trade contacts
  • National based fishery, conservation and landowner organisations
  • Government family organisations

Interests

  • Business and industry
  • Fishing and boating
  • Habitats and wildlife
  • Environmental permitting