Missing Salmon Project Update

5 Apr

The Atlantic Salmon Trust has published an update on their project centred around tagging smolts in the rivers of the Moray Firth area.  This video is only six minutes long, but contains some fascinating information. 

The next stage of their project will be very revealing too.

Some goods news at last!

1 Apr

On 30th March, the Environment Agency released the results of their consultation into the possible extension of the sea-trout netting season:

 
Feedback Updated 30 Mar 2020

We Asked
We asked for your opinions and comments on the potential options to extend the beach netting fishing for sea trout in Yorkshire and the North East.

You Said
We receievd (sic) 562 online responses to the consultation. 93% opposed an extension of the current netting season and 7% were in favour.

We Did
Having reviewed the evidence and all consultation responses we find it is not apropriate (sic) to recommend an extension to the sea trout netting season at this time.

Results Updated 30 Mar 2020
Having reviewed the evidence and the consultation responses we have found it is not appropriate to recommend an extension to the sea trout netting season at this time. Please find below an executive summary and report detailing how we came to that decision.”
Here is a link to the original announcementExecutive Summary, and Consultation Response Report

 

So congratulations and a heartfelt thank you to the 562 people who expressed their views in this consultation.
If you have the time to read the full report, there are some interesting responses to various issue raised:

– 223 of the respondents wanted the fishery curtailed or closed
– the effect of flooding on juvenile stocks
– estimated income from and economic value of the net fisheries
– economic and social value of the rod fishery
– restrictions on angling
– stocking programs
– cormorant, goosander and seal predation and control

and much more!

 

It is clear from the outcome of this consultation that we can indeed have an influence on the future of our rivers and fishing. So we will keep on representing and furthering the interests of Northumbrian game fishing.

Spring Meeting

11 Mar

We had hoped to hold a meeting during the month of March to include a showing of “Artifishal”, the Patagonia film on fish farming.
Given the current concerns about coronavirus, we have decided to wait for further clarification and advice before setting a date.

In the meantime, tight lines in the new season!

State of North Atlantic Salmon Report

3 Mar

The Environment Agency have recently circulated an email highlighting that:

“The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) have recently published the first ever State of North Atlantic Salmon Report to raise awareness about the state of Atlantic salmon stocks during the International Year of the Salmon. The report highlights that Atlantic salmon are a species in crisis.”

 
Here is a link to the report on line. For convenience to save downloading the report, I also attach a PDF version.

This report should help inform discussions about the future of salmon, and deserves to be circulated as widely as possible, including to those who do not fish.

 
It is also interesting to note that in the same email, the EA are saying that “It is very rare that winter flooding will have a significant or lasting impact on fish populations”, when in a previous report in 2016 they stated regarding storm Desmond that “These extreme high flow events coincided with the salmon spawning period and may have caused mortality due to the wash-out of eggs and alevins from redds and/or sediment deposition in the redds.”

It looks as if these high flow events are becoming more usual and may do lasting damage.

 

NASCO Report