Notice of meeting Wednesday 30th. January

16 Jan


Notice of a meeting to be held at Comrades Club, Morpeth
at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 30th January, 2019


1. Chairman’s welcome

2. Apologies for absence

3. John Shelley (Environment Agency)
Update on the new national salmon byelaws for rods and nets

4. Open forum
An opportunity to bring issues that are of importance to you to the meeting at large

5. Any other business


It would be greatly appreciated if you could give advanced notice of any specific questions for John , and of anything you would like to raise in the open forum: this will help make sure that your issues are given proper time for discussion. Please just email the Secretary at

2018 Licence Return

23 Dec
The deadline for submitting your Environment Agency catch return for 2018 is fast approaching….
This year it is due by 1st January 2019 – so if you haven’t already submitting yours, don’t delay!
The on-line catch return is very quick and easy.  All you need is the last 6 digits of your licence and the postcode you gave when you bought it.

Coquet Consultation deadline 10th January

22 Dec

An Environment Agency on-line consultation is under way about a proposed Archimides screw on the Coquet near Guyzance.  The consultation only takes about three minutes, so please take the time before 10th January to express your views!

This link will take you to the Consultation
Full details are listed at the foot of the first page, but here is a link to the summary


Environment Agency announces new salmon and sea trout byelaws

22 Dec

On the 18th December, the EA announced the introduction of restrictions on fishing in England in response to the international decline in migratory salmon stocks.

The press release does not detail the new regulations, but we may assume until they are published that they are in line with the proposals and the email we recently received from John Shelley.

Great progress and an early Christmas present for us all!

The text of the EA release is below and a link to their website


The Environment Agency’s national salmon and sea trout byelaws, applicable in England, have been confirmed by Defra. This means that the byelaws will become law and come into force on 1 January 2019.

The Environment Agency is introducing these restrictions on fishing in England in response to the international decline in migratory salmon stocks. Salmon stock numbers are currently among the lowest on record and are below sustainable levels in many rivers.

The byelaws will become law on the 1st January 2019 and will see the following restrictions being implemented:

  • Closing all commercial net fisheries for ‘At Risk’ and ‘Probably At Risk’ rivers (some fishing for sea trout will still be allowed). This will include all drift net fisheries;
  • Mandatory catch and release by anglers on the rivers that are classed as ‘At Risk’ to be introduced in June 2019. These are the Cumbrian Calder, Dorset Stour and Yealm;
  • Mandatory catch and release by anglers on the rivers that are listed as ‘Recovering Rivers’. These are rivers where salmon were effectively wiped out and small populations have re-established in recent years with improvements in water quality on mostly heavily polluted post-industrial catchments. Examples of these are the Mersey, Yorkshire Ouse;
  • Renewal of the 1998 Spring Salmon Byelaws. These protect the larger, early running salmon, and do not involve any new measures.

The new byelaws come into force following an Environment Agency consultation, which sought views on how to better manage salmon fishing in England and the Border Esk.

As part of new byelaws there will be voluntary catch and release expectation for salmon caught rivers classed as ‘Probably at Risk’ to ensure catch and release levels greater than 90%.

Reducing the taking of salmon by rods and nets is only one part of the Environment Agency’s larger programme to protect salmon stocks. Actions taken by the Environment Agency and its partners that contribute to protecting salmon stocks include removing barriers, improving water quality and agricultural practices, and addressing unsustainable water abstractions.

Kevin Austin, Environment Agency’s Deputy Director for Agriculture, Fisheries and the Natural Environment said:

“It is only through continuing to take concerted action, and through the co-operation of others, that we will successfully protect this iconic fish for future generations.

We are not implementing these changes lightly and have consulted widely with those affected. There is no single solution to protecting salmon stocks; reducing the catch of salmon can only partly contribute to the recovery of salmon stocks.”

EA Press release