River Derwent Rod Fishery Byelaw Review

Closes 31 Oct 2022

Opened 23 Sep 2022

Overview

We are consulting on the proposed new regulations that are designed to protect the River Derwent salmon and sea trout stocks.

Previous time-limited regulations for salmon fishing on the River Derwent expire in July 2023 and need to be replaced. The River Derwent salmon population in particular is in need of more protection than previously.

We think that this consultation will be of particular interest to anyone who fishes for salmon and sea trout on the River Derwent. This includes anglers, local residents and businesses, recreational and commercial river users, charities, statutory organisations and members of the public.

Once the consultation has closed, we will review all the consultation comments and then make our recommendation to the Defra Secretary of State on the byelaws. The Secretary of State will make the final decision. We will publish our recommendation and the Secretary of State's final decision on Citizen Space.

Why your views matter

Previous time-limited regulations for salmon and sea trout on the River Derwent expire in July 2023, and need to be replaced. Given the declining status of salmon stocks, we are recommending more restrictive fishing byelaws to help improve stocks.

We want to hear your thoughts, comments and opinions on the River Derwent salmon and sea trout assessments and proposed new regulations.

Consultation documents, including the proposed new byelaws:

Cumbrian River Derwent Rod Fishery Byelaw Review 2022 - Technical Case 

Stage 1 Habitats Regulations Assessment- River Derwent  Bassenthwaite Lake SAC- Fisheries byelaws_NEResponse

River Derwent Byelaws

Give us your views

Audiences

  • Recreational and commercial river users
  • Fishing clubs and representative associations
  • Members of the public with an interest in the river, the species and conservation
  • Businesses
  • Charities
  • Statutory organisations
  • Members of the public
  • Elected representatives, including MPs
  • 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
  • Land owners
  • Members of the public
  • Environment Agency colleagues

Interests

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