‘T Net’ Trials – Further Information.

18 Sep
The Environment Agency have released a further updated on the ‘T net’ trials:-
To-date there have been 91 separate netting events. Logbook records collected in NE area so far provide the following results:-
Month
Hrs
ST
SA
ST:SA
June
160
566
8
70.75
July
485
2673
26
102.81
August
64
116
6
19.33
All months
709
3355
40
83.88
These figures cover 11 of the 12 week trial period and therefore not complete.
During this period there have been 29 separate patrols, which has culminated in 96.16 hours of observations. The net trial in Yorkshire is not included in these figures
Throughout the trial the EA has taken underwater and surface footage using GoPro cameras to better record fish interacting with the net and being released.
What is interesting and at the same time very worrying is the small number of fish caught during the August period, particularly salmon. In fact the number of salmon caught during the 11 week trial period at 40 is shocking!
This to some extent mirror’s the situation in most northern rivers where some fish are being reported but only in very small numbers. Numbers in the Wear in particular appear to be very low and unless there is a significant improvement could be worse than the lowest ever figure recorded in 2018.
These figures can only lead to the introduction of compulsory catch and release and further angling restrictions.