More than 20,000 salmon are caught by targeted commercial net fisheries in England every year and the time has come to bring this unsustainable practice to an end.
The Environment Agency has recently launched its consultation to further restrict commercial netting of salmon in England, particularly closing down the mixed stock coastal net fishery that continues to operate in the northeast.
You can have your say on the proposals via an online consultation at:
The consultation document is quite quite complex and takes a substantial amount of time to read and answer so we are therefore posting the WAA response to help you:
Salmon Exploitation_WAA Response
Not only are there proposals to remove the nets but there are also proposals on compulsory catch and release and fishing methods for rod anglers. These will impact on your fishing so it is important that you submit a response to the consultation and answer these questions carefully. The Angling Trust have battled the Environment Agency to prevent them forcing compulsory catch and release on salmon anglers. This is what is being proposed in Wales, and the Angling Trust and WAA completely disagree with that.
Instead, the Angling Trust have managed to negotiate a set of voluntary proposals that include ensuring good practice when salmon fishing to increase the survival rate of released fish and trying to increase catch and release rates by anglers. We recognise that anglers have their part to play in salmon conservation, but to restrict us further when thousands of salmon are being killed every year by nets, agricultural pollution, fish-eating birds and low flows would be absolutely ridiculous.
Please have your say by the 9th October deadline and make sure our enormous collective voice is heard!