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

RSPCA paid over £500,000 to back Scottish salmon industry

20 Feb

Please see this link to a recent article by the Sunday Times exposing what many would see as an insupportable financial benefit to the RSPCA from Scottish salmon farmers. The tweets further down the blog probably reflect the views of many of us.

The same blogger has a pretty comprehensive trail here of reported welfare issues in Scottish salmon farms.

Please make sure that as many people as possible are aware of this by circulating it – not just to fishermen, but to those who buy farmed salmon and the wider public at large.

The more people who are aware of the situation, the greater will be the pressure for corrective action.


29 Jan

Following the trial last summer of modified beach nets, the Environment Agency has now launched a consultation on a potential extension to the Yorkshire and North East coastal sea trout netting season.

The EA’s own documents attached to this consultation state:

“The latest assessments of sea trout stocks contributing to the coastal net fishery indicate the Coquet, Wear, Tees and Yorkshire Esk sea trout stocks are probably at risk.

Rod catches have shown a marked downward trend, falling to historically low levels on a number of rivers. The Tyne is assessed as probably not at risk, although the sea trout rod catch also shows a downward trend since 2010.

In Scotland, sea trout from the River Tweed catchment contribute to catches in the North East coastal net fishery. Since 2010, rod catches of sea trout on the Tweed have shown a declining trend, with the 2018 rod catch of 775 being the lowest since 1984.”

In light of this decline in catches and with nearly all major rivers in our area probably at risk, it is surely folly to continue netting for sea trout, let alone contemplate extending the season.



Please take a few minutes to make your views known – that really is all it will take. You can have your say on-line, or post the attached Response form to Jon Shelley

This consultation runs from 20th January to 21st February – do not miss this chance to have your say!