Predation by Cormorants and Goosanders

13 Nov

We all have views on the damage caused to fish in our rivers and still water fisheries by cormorants and goosanders.  There is now an opportunity for us to do something about it – here is an extract from the AT website:

“The Angling Trust and the Avon Roach Project have campaigned jointly for more than seven years to have the cormorant placed on the ‘General Licence’ enabling the legal right to better protect our vulnerable inland fish populations.

We have pushed for a review of the current woefully inadequate, restrictive and inflexible licensing regime, and now, finally, we have the opportunity to achieve the changes we seek and to better protect our fisheries. The Wild Birds General Licence Survey runs until December 5th and we need as many people as possible to take part by following the link and guidance below.”

If you want to read the whole article, it is here

You can find the survey here


To help with completing the survey The Angling Trust has produced a concise set of guidance notes which is attached as a PDF.AT suggested response


It might take you ten minutes or so to complete this survey, but please do this!  It is a great chance to change the licencing and allow better control of cormorants and goosanders.

The Effects of Pesticides on Fish

4 Nov

You may find of interest this recent article in the Guardian subtitled “Common pesticides found to starve fish ‘astoundingly fast’ by killing aquatic insects”.

Guardian article

It also cites an earlier article referring to levels of neonicotinoid insecticides detected in British rivers, including the Blyth

British rivers

23rd October Angling Trust North East Fisheries Forum (Northumberland)

9 Oct

Angling Trust North East Fisheries Forum (Northumberland)

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Comrades Club, 4C Market Place, Morpeth, NE61 1HG

Meeting starts 7:15pm (9:30pm close)

In partnership with the Environment Agency




T & J Net Trials: Preliminary Results (Jon Shelley, Environment Agency)

Catch & Release Guidelines: Creating a code of best practice for your river (Phil Adams, Salmon & Trout Conservation)

Local Environment Agency Updates

Angling Trust News

More Items TBC


Do you have any questions about this Forum? Is there something that you want to see discussed? Contact Alex on 07495 433613 or via

This meeting is free to attend and open to all. Please tell your fishing friends and colleagues

Please note also that you are requested to register in advance – and you can do so here

Draft proposals for conservation guidelines for salmon fishing

29 Jun

At the Angling Trust Tyne Fisheries Forum in May, Philip Adams presented an outline of the preliminary results of a working group who aimed to update the existing Tyne “Voluntary Code of Conduct”, which dates from 1999. Titled “Conservation Angling for Salmon on the Tyne” (CAST), this was conceived as an evidence-based guideline, summarising the evidence that is available, supplemented by opinion from a broad spectrum of angling constituencies. The aim, as I understood it, was initially to have a simple guideline for all beats on the Tyne, but as an evidence-based guideline for conservation, it should have much wider application, and may ultimately be adopted by other anglers, associations or authorities.

Phillip sent out the following email:

“Please find attached three documents which I think will be self-explanatory. In brief, these are the output from a process to develop an evidence-based guideline for those who wish to practice conservation-minded angling for salmon. Our focus was on the River Tyne, as the working group who developed the guideline was local.

The documents are as follows:-

  • a summary of the recommendations
  • a summary with an image which may be useful for notice boards as perhaps more eye-catching
  • a document with more details as to how we came to the conclusions we did
    We hope you will find these helpful.

We are delighted to receive comments, as we plan to review the document, probably over the winter 2019-20. We cannot guarantee a response to comments immediately, although will try to do so. Please understand however that any comments will be taken into account during the review process.”

I think it would be very useful for people involved in other catchments to consider these, and I hope you will find these interesting. You will see that Philip asked for any comments; I propose that if you have any comments or suggestions, that you forward these to me at and then I can summarise these in one email to Philip, probably by the end of September.

If anyone would prefer to make their comments direct to Philip please contact me at and I will forward you his details.


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