Can everyone tell a salmon from a seatrout?

Absolutely not!

Sometimes it can be obvious, but often enough it is not. Even experienced fishers and ghillies can be confused, so what chance for those without this "skill".

Will the law accept that an honest mistake has been made when a fisher takes what he believes to be a seatrout, only to be told it is in fact a salmon?

Perhaps the only remedy is to treat salmon and seatrout alike, but presumably this would mean greatly increasing the number of tags being made available, without differentiating between the species.

Then, the whole principle of controlling just the salmon harvest would be invalidated.

 

 

Why the contribution is important

The proposed regulations assume all fishers have the knowledge and experience to remain within the law when this is patently not the case.

by CommonSense on July 27, 2015 at 07:50AM

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  • Posted by tweedfisher July 27, 2015 at 08:47

    This is a very valid point. I have often had to point out to people that the fish they thought was a salmon was in fact a sea trout and vice versa.

    Given that this consultation originally featured a picture of a Pacific Pink Salmon, rather than an Atlantic Salmon shows that fish identification can be a problem for some!
  • Posted by rivermanager July 27, 2015 at 23:34

    And what about farmed salmon that, according to robust scientific evidence, pollute wild stocks with foreign genes and can cause an extinction vortex. Surely it is not being suggested that these are returned to the river? But again not all anglers can tell the difference between wild and farmed? Are they to be prosecuted for mistakenly killing a wild salmon in these circumstances?
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