Consultation on stocking of salmon rivers

12 Jan

There is a petition ongoing regarding stocking of salmon rivers in Scotland. The deadline for submissions is 28th January. The reason for this petition is to urge Marine Scotland, a government agency, to undertake a full and formal consultation before announcing their policy – something you would have thought was only common sense?

The background to this petition, brought by the Scottish Gamekeeper Association, is noted below, together with a link to the petition. Whatever your views about stocking salmon rivers, we would urge you to support this petition which would require a properly informed decision to be made bearing in mind all stakeholders.

“The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) Fishing Group believes Marine Scotland, a government agency, should carry out a full and formal stakeholder consultation before announcing a definitive policy on the stocking of Scotland’s salmon rivers.

The pros and cons of stocking salmon rivers are debated. The SGA Fishing Group believes the interests of conservation are critical but that these interests also ought to be balanced against the need to preserve viable wild fisheries in Scotland, with the jobs and economic benefits for local communities which are attached to them.
Scotland boasts salmon rivers and angler experiences which are known the world over, generating £135m per year in angler spend.

The SGA Fishing Group believes that, done properly with agreed protocols, and with local stakeholder knowledge having a role to play alongside the best science, Marine Scotland can arrive at a policy beneficial to both conservation and angling communities.

The concern is that Marine Scotland is to usher in a rushed policy without having undergone a full and comprehensive stakeholder consultation, as would be expected when decisions of magnitude are taken.

To date, Marine Scotland has formed an outline policy position and has then taken the idea out to river board representatives in the expectation of building approval before announcing a decision.

The position remains contentious and the SGA Fishing Group believes – as is the case with all good policy – that all stakeholders should be consulted properly and formally before decisions are taken.

Millions of pounds have been invested in stocking facilities in Scotland. Investors, and those whose work makes these hatcheries operate, must be heard fully, along with the ghillies working in these systems. We therefore believe a full consultation is right and proper.”

Sign petition here

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