Tweed Commission welcomes netting proposals!

5 Feb

The River Tweed Commission is very pleased that the Environment Agency is following international best practice and calling a halt to mixed stock fisheries.

Recent genetic testing work on Salmon has shown that 70% of fish caught by the North East drift net fishery are of Scottish origin, demonstrating just how mixed that fishery is, and how many fish have been prevented from reaching their home rivers.

When the autumn was the main run on Tweed for Salmon, the drift net season was too early to exploit it. However, now that the main Salmon run is changing and becoming earlier and it is inside the drift net season, the chances of impacts on the fish stocks would increase in the future.

Records indicate that June is now starting to become a much more productive month for the drift nets, and so the Environment Agency’s halt to the nets should mean that more fish reach the Tweed.

View the Environment Agency press release here

Environment Agency – Press Release. Save Our Salmon Campaign.

1 Feb

On the 3Oth January 2018, the Environment Agency announced a series of new proposed measures to be implemented as part of the ‘Save Our Salmon Consultation’ process. Details can be found at :-

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-proposed-measures-announced-ahead-of-salmon-consultation

Further significant details are to be released in late February 2018.

One of the main measures is that voluntary catch and release targets will be set at 90% for rivers classed as being ‘probably at Risk’ with total catch and release on those rivers classed as ‘at Risk.’ The River Tees appears to be the only northern river in this class.

Save Our Salmon Campaign.

31 Jan

River Wear ‘Free Stretch’?

25 Jan
With a new season approaching. Questions have been asked about the current status of fishing on the River Wear at Durham Sands and particularly Freeman’s Reach, previously known to all as the ‘Free Stretch.’
As far as this site is aware, the restrictions put in place for last and future years, together with those that have been in existence for previous years still stand and are as follows:-
  • A national Environment Agency bye-law is in force that prohibits fishing within a distance of 25 metres upstream and 95 metres downstream of Framwellgate Dam on both banks of the river.
  • A Durham City Council  bye-law also exists that prohibits fishing along the length of Framwellgate Waterside on the north, left hand bank. This was introduced on health and safety grounds to protect members of the general public.
  • On the south, right hand bank, fishing is controlled by the trustees of the City of Durham Freemen. No fishing on this south bank is allowed downstream from Framwellgate Dam (Freeman’s Reach) to directly opposite the White House; a distance of approximately 500 metres.
To compensate for the loss of fishing at Freeman’s Reach, 350metres of “free fishing” has been set aside by The Trustees of the City of Durham Freemen on the south, right hand, bank at the eastern end of the Sands,  downstream from opposite the White House towards Kepier.
The Freeman’s Reach restriction was introduced as a conservation measure and to stop regular occurrences of illegal fishing.