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

Saving Our Salmon

28 Oct

At the recent Morpeth meeting, Barry mentioned the BBC Scotland programme looking at the decline of Scottish salmon stocks and the influence of fish farming.

This programme is available on catch-up on the BBC iPlayer until 15th December.  You should look for it under “Landward”, between episodes 16 and 17, or the link below.

.Saving Our Salmon

Very thought provoking and some wonderful scenery.

17th October Angling Trust North East Fisheries Forum (Northumberland)

7 Oct

Angling Trust North East Fisheries Forum (Northumberland)

Wednesday 17th October 2018

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

Please arrive by 6:45pm – meeting begins 7pm sharp

In association with the Environment Agency


This is an open meeting aimed at all freshwater anglers, fishery owners and club officials in the North East. Hear updates on key campaigns from guest speakers, meet other like-minded anglers, and have YOUR say on the issues that matter.

If you would like to attend, please register by clicking the link below.



Draft Agenda

Work of the Northumberland Rivers Trust: Presentation by Director of the NRT, Peter Kerr

Local Environment Agency Updates: News update from Phil Rippon, EA Fisheries Technical Specialist

Working to Improve Our Fishing: Presentation by John Cheyne of the Angling Trust


Your questions, ideas and opinions! During the meeting there will be plenty of time to ask the speakers questions, suggest ideas and make your opinion known. If you have a specific question to ask or would like to raise an issue, please contact us and let us know ahead of the meeting via alex.clegg@anglingtrust.net

To register, just click here


North East (Tyne) Fisheries Forum 16th May

28 Apr

North East (Tyne) Fisheries Forum 

May 16th 2018
Tyneside House (EA OFFICE)
Skinnerburn Rd, Newcastle, NE4 7AR


Tea and Coffee served from 6.40pm – Meeting begins 7.00pm

In Association with the Environment Agency


Environment Agency Fisheries Update, How the EA spend rod licence money in your area.

Working for you, how the Angling Trust can help your club and the waters you fish.

Update on the National Salmon Byelaw Review and the Net Limitation Order: Jon Shelley, Environment Agency


Please note that you are requested to register in advance for this event – link here