Diseased salmon and sea trout

13 Nov

The EA are anxious to examine dead or dying salmon and sea trout, particularly those showing signs of fungus growth. If you see see a dying or recently dead fish (24hrs) then please let the WAA know by sending and email via the “contact the WAA”  button on the top right of the screen.

When replying please state EXACTLY where on the Wear the fish is.

Thank you

EA Salmon Exploitation Consultation

22 Sep

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!

Archimedes Screw at Freeman’s Reach, Durham

22 Sep

There have been problems again this last week with salmon and sea trout entering the screw, being hit by the blades and violently catapulted into the air often with a resounding thud! In some case the fish are then thrown with such force that they hit the wire netting above the screw. Very disturbing. The still taken form a video taken on Monday September 18 shows what is happening. The videos themselves can be seen on the WAA Facebook page at:


To try and prevent spawning fish being damaged in this way on Wednesday September 20 the EA got the operators to agree to reduce the flow through the turbine at problem times. As we understand it the idea is to reduce the flow so that there is no white water at the bottom of the screw; it is this white water that attracts the fish in. This move is to be welcomed. By Wednesday the river level had dropped so no white water was being produced so we now wait until the next lift in water to see if this flow reduction works.

Pink Salmon

17 Aug

Over 200 pink salmon have been caught so far in the nets off the North East Coast and fish are now starting to get into North East rivers and trying to spawn. To see where these fish are coming from, how to identify them and what to do if you catch one click on the link below.


To further help identification Willington and District Angling Club have put together this useful guide:

W&DAC Pink Salmon Recognition Chart