2020 Licence Return

28 Nov

A gentle reminder in case you have not already dealt with this…..

In addition to any return for your club or association, the deadline for submitting your Environment Agency catch return for 2020 is fast approaching. It is due by 1st January 2021 – so if you haven’t already submitted 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.

Make your return here.

It will be very interesting to see the results, as reports for this topsy-turvy year are mixed, and as hard to fathom as the fish counter data.

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.