Good News?

27 Aug

Well it’s been a tough year so far!

You would have thought it was bad enough being locked down for part of the season.

Then we had news of a silt net on the Coquet at Guyzance viaduct – time will soon tell whether this is interfering with migratory fish runs.

And then the escape of nearly 50,000 salmon from a fish farm in Argyll.

And there’s more!  As highlighted by Simon Cooper in Trout & Salmon,  beavers been introduced in Scotland, and the River Otter in Devon.  Not “re-introduced” as these beavers are of Eurasian origin, and not an indigenous species.  And  statements are made that “Other wildlife – especially fish, insects, birds and endangered mammals such as water voles – had greatly benefitted from the beavers’ presence”.

We welcome the call  from the Angling Trust  for a further moratorium until the results are to hand of the review that has been commissioned on the impact on salmonid populations, but question that the Environment Agency had not the gumption to do this themselves.   But then the Environment Agency have been “thrilled to announce” a further introduction to Spains Hall in Essex .

Not content to keep their head down, the Environment Agency now, through their chairman and as reported in The Guardian, supports a plan to weaken river pollution rules.

We really look forward to the next area Fisheries Forum!

But perhaps you have some good news – seen lots of smolts migrating, had a record year for brown trout or been overwhelmed with catches of salmon and sea trout?  If you have some good news you would like to share, just let me know.


Angling Trust proposals for a return to angling

28 Apr

The Angling Trust has issued proposals about a possible return to angling under the short title “When We Fish Again”, and summarised in their press release as:

“Following discussions with our advisors and supporters in Parliament we have submitted our proposals to Government Ministers on how angling could be permitted as a safe, healthy, beneficial sport and why it should take its position at the front of the queue when restrictions are reviewed.”

This is a very well argued and persuasive case for the re-introduction as soon as possible of angling when the coronavirus restrictions are reviewed (next due on 7th May!). The Angling Trust has been very proactive about this, and deserves our continuing support.
Here are links to PDFs of the summary and full reports, and you should also encourage as many people as possible to watch the video



We must stay safe, stay healthy and keep our fingers crossed!


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.